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The historical archaeology of Australia’s place in the colonial Indian Ocean world and ASHA Archaeology Awards Winner Announcement

18 May 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEST


Due to the success of the online Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) conference in 2021, ASHA will be hosting a series of bi-monthly online seminars in 2022 to showcase the great archaeological research currently being undertaken in Australia. The talks will run for 45 to 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. The seminars will offer a great opportunity to engage with these significant projects.  All bookings will be through Eventbrite here and a Zoom link will be sent via email following the confirmation of registration.  We look forward to seeing you – virtually!

The second seminar of the series will be The historical archaeology of Australia’s place in the colonial Indian Ocean world by Professor Alistair Paterson at 6pm on Wednesday 18 May 2022.

As the seminar coincides with National Archaeology Week (NAW) 2022, the winners of the 2022 ASHA Awards program will be announced following the completion of the seminar and Q&A session.

The historical archaeology of Australia’s place in the colonial Indian Ocean world

Professor Alistair Paterson, University of Western Australia

There has been five decades of historical and maritime archaeological research into sites along the West Australian coast. The Coastal Connections ARC Future Fellowship provides a regional overview for Northwest Western Australia of related industrial and colonial activities and their associated archaeological expressions. This regional perspective highlights ‘deep histories’ of resource extraction and the translocation of labourers. Archaeology provides insight into the role of Aboriginal people in these industries, as – variously — on-Country, indentured or unfree labourers. The presence of Asian industries and labourers highlights regional complexities often overlooked, as well the role of Asian indentured labourers as Australia’s rejection of non-‘White’ labourers grew. This historical archaeological evidence is used to consider Western and northern Australia in wider histories of Imperialism, globalisation and industrialisation.


Please register for the talk via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-archaeology-of-australias-place-in-the-colonial-indian-ocean-world-tickets-331336786247

Additional Information

For more information on this Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship project, visit the project website at: https://www.crarm.uwa.edu.au/blog/categories/coastal-connections.

For more information on Professor Alistair Paterson’s research, visit his staff profile on the University of Western Australia’s website: https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/alistair-paterson/projects/.

For more information on the ASHA Archaeology Awards program, please visit the ASHA website at: https://asha.org.au/awards-html/.