Keynote Speaker 2019


Richard Osgood

In 2011, Richard co-founded Operation Nightingale – a pioneering initiative using archaeological fieldwork to aid the recovery of wounded veterans – and since then the project has gone from strength to strength. In the last year, he has directed or co-directed excavations examining a Saxon cemetery at Barrow Clump (Salisbury Plain), convict burial ground at Rat Island (Portsmouth), a Hessian mercenary camp at Barton Farm (Winchester), and First World War battlefield (Bullecourt). He has also co-directed fieldwork on battlefields fought over by the Australian Imperial Forces – in particular at Messines where his team recovered the remains of a soldier later identified as Pte Alan Mather, 33rd Btn, Australian 3rd Division, of Inverell, NSW.

Since 2004, Richard has worked as Senior Archaeologist for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), responsible for managing and preserving monuments and archaeological sites within the entire Ministry of Defence estate. Previously, he was Research Assistant to Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe at the University of Oxford and also advised Philip Pullman on archaeology in the Northern Lights trilogy. Richard is a regular contributor on the BBC’s Digging for Britain. Richard studied archaeology at the Universities of Wales and Oxford. Richard was named Current Archaeology 2019 Archaeologist of the Year.

Richard has advised NATO on Cultural Property Protection and the UK Parliament on the importance of archaeology and heritage for personal wellbeing.

He will address NASC on his work and the importance of archaeology in the recovery of traumatised military.

Featured Keynote: Mitchell Allen


Mitchell Allen is a Research Associate at Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley and at the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. He has a Ph.D. in Archaeology from UCLA and has taught that subject in five universities. Currently, he is writing up the results of a legacy survey project on Afghanistan, for which he was a junior archaeologist in the 1970s. In addition to his work in archaeology, Allen runs Scholarly Roadside Service, a scholarly publishing consulting company. He spent 40 years as an academic publisher, including two decades at Sage Publications then founding and running two independent archaeology-focused presses, AltaMira Press and Left Coast Press, which served as publishing partner for the World Archaeological Congress, Society for American Archaeology, and other organizations.

We are very fortunate and excited to have Mitch speaking at NASC 2019.

Mitchell will present a special guest address entitled:

Publishing in Archaeology for the Disrupted Generation

 Scholarly publishing has joined numerous other industries disrupted by the digital revolution. The landscape for articles, books, textbooks, and other media barely resembles that in which more senior scholars grew up and is shape shifting almost daily. These changes include the move to open access publications, the consolidation of existing publishing organizations into a few global conglomerates,  the growth of available media beyond books, chapters, and articles, and the increasing reliance on publication metrics to evaluate a scholar’s worth.  In this talk, I’ll attempt to describe the trajectory of some of the more significant changes as they relate to archaeologists and how they will impact on future scholarly careers. I hope this knowledge will aid younger scholars negotiate the future publishing ecosystem in ways that improve their chances of academic success.

Guest Speakers 2019:


Associate Professor

Amy Roberts

Dr Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who primarily works with Indigenous communities in South Australia. She is the lead investigator for the ARC Linkage project ‘White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland’s Colonial Frontier’. Some of her previous research has focussed on the rock art of the mid-Murray, and the ways in which Narungga people have and continue to engage with their seascape, and Amy has worked as a consultant in a number of successful Native Title cases. Amy is a member of the South Australian Museum Research Advisory Committee.

Amy will present a guest lecture entitled:

Aboriginal Transitions in the Murray River Corridor: From the Pleistocene to the Present

(With the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation)

Dr Martin Polkinghorne and Dr Daryl Wesley will speak as part of our Wednesday evening public session below:

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Sean Freeman

“A life in archaeology”

Sean Freeman describes his archaeological career over the last 30 years, ranging from early career academic to eventually being the director of his own firm. The majority of Sean’s working life has been spent in the far north of South Australia and other remote areas working for Traditional Owner groups, assisting them to ensure that developers meet their cultural heritage obligations.

He will discuss the changes that he has seen within the cultural heritage service industry, including major legislation changes, during this time.

A Q&A session will follow, in which delegates may benefit from the experiences of a long-term professional in the industry.

Speakers in previous years at NASC:

Professor Lynn Meskell (2018)

Lynn Meskell appeared as Keynote Speaker in 2018. Lynn is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Throughout her career, she has been awarded grants and fellowships including those from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the American Academy in Rome, the School of American Research, Oxford University and Cambridge University. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology.

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Lynn has broad theoretical interests including socio-politics, archaeological ethics, global heritage, materiality, as well as feminist and postcolonial theory. Lynn’s earlier research examined natural and cultural heritage in South Africa, the archaeology of figurines and burial in Neolithic Turkey and social life in New Kingdom Egypt.

Recently she conducted an institutional ethnography of UNESCO World Heritage, tracing the politics of governance and sovereignty and the subsequent implications for multilateral diplomacy, international conservation, and heritage rights. Employing archival and ethnographic analysis, her new book  A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace (2018, OUP New York), reveals UNESCO’s early forays into a one-world archaeology and its later commitments to global heritage. Some other recent books and edited collections include The Nature of Culture: The New South Africa (2011, Blackwells) and Global Heritage: A Reader (2015, Blackwells). Her new fieldwork explores monumental regimes of research and preservation around World Heritage sites in India and how diverse actors and agencies address the needs of living communities.

Lynn is incredibly passionate about teaching and encouraging her students with their studies. She has expressed her enthusiasm about presenting at NASC in Sydney this year, as well as meeting the students!

Dr Virginia Campbell, The University of Oxford (2017)

Keynote Speaker for 2017, Virginia Campbell is a Romanist who has extensive experience on the site of Pompeii and has written the book 'Pocket Museum: Ancient Rome'. Some of her research involves 'The Tombs of Pompeii: Organisation, Space and Society' and 'Politicians and Priestesses: Networks of Elite Families in Pompeii'.



Professor Ernst Pernicka (2016)

Our keynote speaker for 2016 was Professor Ernst Pernicka from Heidelberg University. Head of the the CEZ Archaeometrie laboratory, Ernst has been working on radiocarbon dating, authenticity, provenance and isotope analysis in archaeology and objects of the cultural heritage for some forty years.

In 2015 Ernst and his laboratory team presented new research results regarding Early Bronze Age chronology in collaboration with Heidelberg Academy of Science, and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History researchers. This work has shed new light on the Early Bronze Age period in Central Europe.

He and his team have introduced new isotope systems in provenance analysis of metals, like osmium isotope ratios for iron, tin isotope ratios for tin and bronze and currently they work on silver isotope ratios for the provenance of gold.

Previous Workshops:

Sue Carter is an archaeologist with over 20 years’ experience in archaeological research and cultural heritage.

Sue has written and co-written numerous archaeological reports, is feature writer for Heritage Daily the largest online archaeology news network; has undertaken primary research for Flame TV, documentary producers for the BBC; is past president of the Archaeology Society of Western Australia; has articles published on; Published her first book We Don’t Dig Dinosaurs: What Archaeologists Really Get Up To!! in 2014; and is currently working on her second manuscript.

Sue now runs her own archaeology business, STC Archaeology, undertaking public outreach encouraging communities to become involved in their local history and heritage, as well as running, the Junior Archaeologists Club, her blog The Young Archaeologist, and other community engagements.

To contact Sue phone: 0403 022 281 or email:

Archaeologist and archaeo detectorist Bob Sheppard is recognised as the leading exponent on the use of metal detection in archaeology in Australia. Bob has used archaeo metal detection for nearly 30 years at numerous important historical sites around Australia including; the Zuytdorp (1712) survivors camps, theBatavia (1639) execution site, Vergulde Draeck (1656) terrestrial sites, the Perseverant (1841) survivors’ camp, the St Allouarn French annexation site, Ann Jones Inn/ Kelly gang siege site, the search for additional Kilwa coins on Marchinbar Island, an unidentified wreck on Barrow island, World War 2 coastal military sites, the Deadwater wreck and the site of the Dundee Beach cannon find.