ASHA Conference 2023 – The past in the present

19-23 September 2023, Mackay, Queensland.

Photo credit: Sky Window lookout, showing the upper Pioneer Valley, ©Queensland Museum, Gary Cranitch, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

  • A photograph of a man holding a prismatic mirror and staff while surveying a cellar with a colleague in the background. Photo taken at the excavations at Old Owen Springs, July 2013. Image courtesy of David Steinberg
    Excavations at Old Owen Springs, July 2013, image courtesy of David Steinberg

    Welcome to ASHA

    Since 1970 we have been promoting the use of archaeological methods to study the last three hundred years in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. We’re an incorporated society – run for and by members. Membership is open to all those who are interested in historical archaeology – practitioners, students, and amateurs alike.

    Core things we do include publishing an academic journal Australasian Historical Archaeology, maintaining a blog, and organising events such as our annual conference, reading groups, workshops, and social gatherings. We also maintain an email discussion list and social media presence.

    Come and join us in a conversation about the archaeology of the past and the ruins of the future.

Recent news

  • Archaeology in the Pub
    On Wednesday ASHA held an informal gathering at The Old Clare Hotel and while we did not take advantage of their sip and dip facilities (a gorgeous rooftop cocktail bar … Read more
  • 2023 CAS-ASHA Archaeology Symposium
    Buried Stories UPDATE: Booking is now open for this event. Please visit to reserve a spot and to see the programme. Saturday 22/4/23 Peninsula Room, National Museum of Australia … Read more
  • Sources for an Engendered Archaeology of Late Victorian Woolloongabba
    Ethan Clark-Kistowski is a student at the University of Queensland and a research assistant at Converge Heritage. In 2022 he wrote his Honours’ Thesis, “One Woman’s Trash, Another’s Treasure: Engendering … Read more
  • We Need You
    Its been a while since the 2022 ASHA conference in New Zealand and we are now leading up to the 2023 conference in Mackay. It would be great if those … Read more
  • The archaeology of missions in Vanuatu: the latest research on the island of Tongoa.
    The archaeology of mission stations has been a focus in Vanuatu for some 10 years now with a number of researchers primarily from the ANU collaborating with their counterparts at … Read more
  • Faureville cemetery, Efate Island, Vanuatu. 
    Historic cemeteries are places of veneration, wonder and often mystery. Such is the case with the small cemetery located on the southwest coast of Efate Island, at Mele, an area … Read more