The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.

Sign up with Eventbrite and we’ll know you’re coming.


 Next Meeting – AGM, Lecture and Supper
7pm, Thursday 16th of November 2017

Investigating the role of native animals in Australian archaeology

Presented by Dr Jillian Garvey,
Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University

Little is known about how animals were used in past Aboriginal diets, or how they were hunted, butchered and cooked. Due to this lack of information archaeologists have had to reply on international zooarchaeological studies. However, these are mainly based on placental ungulates such as sheep and reindeer, making the results difficult to apply to Australia’s unique fauna. New research on modern butchery and the nutritional value, as well as the ethnography and contemporary use of native animals is being combined to establish baseline information to help understand archaeological faunal assemblages, as well as the potential role of native animals in the modern Australian diet.  

Dr Jillian Garvey is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University. She researches Australian Indigenous archaeology with current projects investigating human occupation and subsistence during the late Quaternary in northwest Victoria and Tasmania. With formal training in zoology and archaeology, Jillian specialises in zooarchaeology – the role of animals in the archaeological record. 



Post Office Boxes

We advise all members that AASV now has two mailing addresses.
Membership address: PO Box 200, Benalla VIC 3672.

General Correspondence and Artefact subscription enquiries:
PO Box 203, Carlton VIC 3053.