Archaeomeet 2016


Early bird rates until 31st March – Book now!

Australia’s very first archaeology conference for teachers that directly addresses Australian History Curriculum content

When 28-29 May 2016, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Where SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, Sydney

Download the program

For the most up-to-date information about the conference visit:

or contact: Melissa Riley (0407773094) or via email

Meet the Organisers:

Melissa Riley and Alethea Kinsela are the two slightly obsessed, archaeologically trained, conference organising teachers who are working hard to make Archaeomeet 2016 a reality.

12716052_470647553132594_1141821012789107713_oAlethea is a writer and teacher, and, for a while, was also an archaeologist. As an archaeologist, she worked in a variety of strange and interesting places, including the sawpits at Port Arthur and a cave in the Czech Republic. Following this, she worked as the Project Officer of the Young Archaeologists’ Program at La Trobe University, designing and delivering school education programs. After discovering a cavernous gap in Australian Curriculum History resources, she wrote a textbook, ‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’, which uses archaeology to tell the history of Australia’s ancient past. In 2015, ‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’ was shortlisted for an ABDA Award in the Education category and for an EPAA Award in the Secondary Education category. She now devotes her time to freelance writing and editing, as well as working as a lecturer and tutor in the Faculty of Education at La Trobe University.

12718359_470648589799157_6668155799354048040_nMelissa is a archaeologist, archaeology education specialist and High School History teacher. After some years spent working as an archaeologist in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and right here in Sydney, Melissa has devoted the last 12 years to teaching, lobbying hard on the side to embed the study of archaeology in schools. She developed, and for a decade, ran the innovative I Dig Archaeology! school education program ( which provided students with authentic hands-on learning experiences about archaeology. Nowadays, she spends all of her time teaching the next generation of Australian archaeologists in a school in inner Sydney. As the 2014 recipient of the NSW Premier’s HTA History Scholarship, Melissa has also spent the last two years developing project Archaeohub, which will bring a plethora of digital resources about Australian archaeology into the classroom for teachers and students. In conjunction with this, Melissa has developed a conference called Archaeomeet, which will bring together academics, professional archaeologists and teachers for two days of immersion in Australian archaeology and prehistory.

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