Academy Travel continue to be proud sponsors of the Nicholson Museum’s 2018 Saturday series, Postcards from the Past.
Archaeologist Ben Churcher has worked for 35 years at the University of Sydney’s excavations at Pella in Jordan, and since the early 2000s he has been involved with Australian archaeology, principally investigating Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.
Come with Ben as he goes about his day-to-day work here in Australia: from rock engravings in the Blue Mountains and cave deposits outside Gunnedah to burials near Narrandera and axe grinding grooves in the Hunter Valley. This talk will give you a realistic view of the modern archaeologist’s work. In anticipation of National Archaeology Week, this will be an apt reminder that the archaeologist’s skill is as every bit required here in Australia as it is in the hills overlooking the Jordan Valley.
Ben has worked in consulting archaeology in Australia for the past 15 years, as well as being field director at the University of Sydney’s archaeological excavations at Pella in Jordan. Ben’s archaeological work in Australia has primarily focused on Aboriginal cultural heritage investigations in NSW and has involved both survey and excavation of Aboriginal sites. This work has been done in conjunction with local Aboriginal community members that adds a rich cultural layer to the scientific investigations.