Associate Professor Judy Birmingham is a significant figure in the history of archaeology in Australia. She studied at the Institute of Archaeology in London under Sir Max Mallowan and undertook extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, Cyprus, Greece and Britain with some of the most famous and fascinating figures of 20th century archaeology. Beginning with the Near East, she went on to pioneer the development of Australian historical archaeology in the 1970s and 1980s, leading excavations at sites such as Irrawang, Wybalenna and Regentville.
Sharing memories of the resistance she overcame while developing Australian historical archaeology courses, Judy will talk what it was like to be the first female archaeological staff member at the University, and her involvement with the Nicholson and Macleay Museum collections over five decades.
[Editor: To read more about Judy’s contribution to Historical Archaeology in Australia, see the 2006 edition of Australasian Historical Archaeology , which included papers in her honour.]
Details: Tuesday 21 March, 6pm, Nicholson Museum
Image Credit: John Carmichael, ‘Irrawang vineyard and pottery, East Australia’, 1838. National Gallery of Australia.