Keynote Speaker 2018

Professor Lynn Meskell

We are very excited to have Lynn Meskell present at this year’s conference as our keynote speaker. 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!

Previous Speakers:

Dr Virginia Campbell, The University of Oxford

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

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.