The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, 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
Annual General Meeting, Lecture and AASV Annual Dinner
Held in the Royal Society Building
The AGM will commence at 7pm, followed by our keynote speaker Prof. Richard Wright. The lecture is a free public lecture, and non-members are welcome to attend.
After the lecture all members and non-members are welcome to join us downstairs in the Burke and Wills Room for the AASV annual dinner. The cost for dinner (including drinks) is $30 for Members, and $35 for Non-Members. Bookings for dinner are required. You can either download the AGM Dinner Booking Form, or email your name and number of guests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Wright AM, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney:
“How archaeology helps forensic investigations.”
Some police forces call on the services of archaeologists to discover and investigate graves, but most do not. By contrast, investigators of war crimes have not hesitated to use archaeologists to discover graves, and to recover and record human remains and evidence. I discuss what specific skills archaeologists can offer in the forensic field. The talk will be illustrated by case studies of archaeological work in Ukraine (Holocaust investigations) and the Bosnian civil war between 1992 and 1995.
Richard Wright AM is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney. An archaeologist – since 1990 he has specialised in forensic applications of archaeological techniques.
In 1990 and 1991 he worked as archaeologist for the Australian Government, in the context of war crimes trials in South Australia. In Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) he excavated three mass graves dating from the Holocaust of 1942 – at Serniki, Ustinovka and Gnivan.
From 1997 to 2000 he was Chief Archaeologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He concentrated on determining what happened to those murdered after the fall of Srebrenica in 1995, and has given testimony in The Hague in the cases of 10 accused.
In 2009 he was appointed Senior Forensic Adviser to Oxford Archaeology, during their exhumation and identification of WW1 soldiers from mass graves at Fromelles in NE France.
Sunday October 13, Sorrento Museum and Point Nepean
See the Activities page for details.
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.