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 in the Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum

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Next Lecture: 21 April 2016

From Long Lost Loos to Forgotten Burial Grounds

Presented by Jodie Mitchell – Alpha Archaeology

Jodie Mitchell is Director and Principal Archaeologist of Melbourne based heritage consultancy Alpha Archaeology Pty Ltd. Starting her degree at the University of Queensland, then moving back to Melbourne and graduating from La Trobe University in 2004, Jodie has 12 years of archaeological experience working on a very wide range of projects throughout Australia, in Thailand and the Republic of Georgia. Burials and bodies are her passion, often describing them as “the ultimate time capsule”.

During the course of her career some interesting heritage sites have come to light, sometimes literally during construction. Tonight Jodie will present a small number of these places – from the forgotten underground toilets in Footscray, to Melbourne’s first cemetery at the Queen Victoria Market, and other forgotten sites. She will discuss the circumstances of these sites and how they reflect the changing attitudes of societies over time as they respond to the outside influences of the world.


Next Lecture: 19 May 2016

The Aerial Perspective: Mapping Archaeology with UAV

Presented by Cliff Ogleby – Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne in the Infrastructure Engineering Department

This talk will cover modern developments in the mapping of archaeological sites using both off-the-shelf and custom built remotely piloted aerial vehicles (aka, UAV), along with other methods of raising a camera over an area of interest. Cliff will present on his experiences in mapping a stone arrangement, mapping excavations in the Republic of Georgia and a salvage project dealing with ‘cart ruts’ in Azerbaijan. He will also give an overview of the developments in micro-payloads such as multispectral imaging systems and even lightweight laser scanners.


Cliff Ogleby is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne in the Infrastructure Engineering department. He has nearly 40 years experience working in and around archaeology across several continents. He much prefers to fly into rock painting sites in a real helicopter.



Post Office Boxes

We advise all members that AASV now has two mailing addresses.
Membership address : PO Box 887, Benalla Vic 3672.

General Correspondence Address PO Box 203, Carlton Vic 3053.