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2006 NewsClick here to go directly to the 2005 Annual General Meeting Report 2005 Annual General MeetingAASV Trip to Mungo – Saturday 8 July � Sunday 9 July, 2006
We apologise for the short warning. However all you intrepid travelers can come to Mungo over the weekend of July 8 and 9. Plan to arrive by the Saturday evening. Michael Westerway, the archaeologist in charge of the area will take us out on Sunday with one of the local elders. It is better not to be driving the last part of the journey in the dusk as there are a lot of kangaroos on that road.

Accommodation: the main camping ground near the visitors centre has basic facilities and as there are currently no fire bans you can keep warm. It is advisable to bring in firewood from outside the park.

Mungo Lodge has a range of accommodation. Here are their contact details.

Email: [email protected] Phone: 03 5029 7297. Fax: 03 5029 7296.

Our AGM speaker in November will be talking about his research into the recently discovered footprints at Mungo so this is an excellent opportunity to refresh your knowledge of this unique landscape. Just bring an extra jumper for the cold nights. There will be a small charge to participants to cover the cost of having one of the elders accompany our group.

Please complete and return the form attached to the AASV Bulletin so that we know who is coming and where you are staying. I will contact participants with details of exactly where and when to meet. We usually try to eat together on one of the nights.

National Archaeology Week, 21-28 May 2006National Archaeolgy week will involve a nationwide program of events and activities including public lectures, seminars, exhibits, demonstration excavations and displays. Working groups comprising enthusiastic consultant, public, academic, museum and government archaeologists in each state have developed an exciting program of events. National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. A nationwide program of events and activities will be held including public lectures, seminars, exhibits, demonstration excavations and displays.In Victoria the inaugural year of National Archaeology Week was held at Melbourne Museum in partnership with several government and private agencies. A week of activities promoted interest in archaeology through public education and involvement through school visits, site tours, a poster competition, film screenings, public lectures and exhibits and demonstrations. Victoria has a rich Indigenous, maritime and historic archaeological record, and National Archaeology Week highlighted the diversity of these various areas of our past. Activities occured in and around Melbourne.
2005 Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of the AASV took place on Thursday 17 November 2005 at the Royal Society Hall Melbourne. Members and friends of the AASV enjoyed a ing lecture by Professor Mike Morwood, University of New England, The Hobbits of Flores: The context of discovery followed by the usual excellent buffet dinner.The President�s Report given by Dr Mike Green
Good evening, and welcome to the Annual General Meeting of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria for 2005.Last year our esteemed President opened his report by noting that 2004 had been a year of great change for the Society. Ron cited changes to our web site and contact details, and the shift of the Society�s monthly lecture series from the Sisalkraft Theatre at the University of Melbourne to Melbourne Museum as evidence of that change.In contrast, I think it would be fair to say that 2005 has been a year of consolidation. We have bedded in a reasonably new Executive, and we have become comfortable in our new surroundings at the Museum. In particular, the shift from the Age Theatre into the seminar room at the Museum�s Discovery Centre has allowed for an informal atmosphere, one which encourages a more direct exchange between the speaker and the audience, a factor which I believe makes for a more engaging and entertaining evening.We have been spoiled this year with a wonderful array of speakers who presented in our monthly lecture series. The topics were many and varied � we ranged far a field to places such as ancient Egypt, legendary Colchis and the island of Crete. We examined the palaeobotanical evidence for environmental, landscape and cultural change in southern Georgia and eastern Turkey. We explored the significant connections that exist between Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land today and photographic and object collections created by Donald Thomson from the same region some 70 years earlier. And we considered the contributions that archaeology can make to wildlife management (believe it or not) by considering the case study of dugong hunting in the Torres Strait.Some would say that the best part of these lecture nights is our traditional meal at the Universal Bar and Grill on Lygon Street, and I would encourage any member that has yet to sample the delights of a gourmet pizza to come along.On behalf of the Society I want to thank the Executive of Museum Victoria for continuing to make their meeting facilities available to us free of charge, and for their general support over the last 12 months. This was particularly evident when the Museum graciously agreed to a private viewing of its fabulous exhibition, Mummies: Ancient Egypt and the Afterlife, which occurred in conjunction with the Egyptology Society of Victoria. I think that all who had the opportunity to attend the exhibition that evening will agree that it was a wonderful opportunity to see an extraordinary exhibition in relaxed and, with the aid of good food and wine, extremely civilised surroundings.Unfortunately, we were not able to organise a field trip this year. The Committee worked hard to organise a visit the archaeological sites at Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula, but despite our best efforts this did not eventuate. We are currently arranging a return visit to the famous rock art sites in the Gariwerd Grampians National Park, and further details will be released via The Bulletin once they have been finalised.Once significant item of business that the Committee attended to this year was a review of the annual subscription rates. This was prompted by our review of the costs associated with the production and distribution of Volume 27 of The Artefact, which you will recall was a bumper edition. I�m sure that there will be more about Volume 27 in the Editor�s report.At the completion of our review of cost structures associated with The Artefact over the last three editions, and in light of the fact that the rates have remained unchanged for many years, the Committee agreed that it would be appropriate to raise the annual subscription rates as follows:
Metropolitan membership from $30 to $35

Country membership from $28 to $30

Concession membership from $22 to $25
The cost of subscription to The Artefact alone will remain unchanged.Our secretary, Margaret Bullen, has continued to produce The Bulletin in 2005 and on your behalf I want to offer her our sincere thanks for her continued efforts in this regard. For many members, The Bulletin is the only way they can keep in touch with the business of the Society and receive some benefit from the Society�s vibrant lecture series.I also want to pass on my thanks to Yol Kerridge and Naomi Stevenson for their fantastic efforts in producing The Artefact. Yol is stepping down this year as Editor, and on your behalf I want to express our appreciation for all the hard work and creative drive that she has given us over her many years in this role.As always, Allan Main has provided exemplary service as our Treasurer, and Nancy Ladas continues to manage and update our web site. Huge thanks must also go to the other members of your Committee for 2005: Philip Batty (Vice President), John Tunn, Margaret McKay, Ron Vanderwal (Membership Secretary) and Kathy Smith. I particularly want to thank Marg and Kathy for organising our fabulous meal this evening. I hope you�ve brought your appetites.