Archaeological Field School: On-Country Teaching in the Willandra

Course ID: ARCH2055

Spring Session. November, 2022

Course convenor

Professor Tim Denham, School of Archaeology and Anthropology (


An On-Country teaching program will be undertaken at Mungo National Park/Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area in November 2022. The course will focus on the history of cultural and natural resource management, as well as research in the Willandra. The course has been developed in consultation with, and will occur with the participation of Traditional Owners drawn from the three Traditional Owner groups - Barkandji/Paakantyi, Ngiyampaa and Mutthi Mutthi, as well as NSW Parks management and Indigenous rangers, and other stakeholders (such as local farmers).

Although the course will engage with the contested histories of engagement between Traditional Owners and researchers, primarily archaeologists and those working with them, the main focus will be on reconciling perspectives and how we can work in partnership towards a better future. The course focusses on Community Engagement, and does not involve archaeological survey or excavation field methods. The course will teach students fundamental lessons in how to undertake appropriate cultural and/or natural resource management and community-led research with Indigenous Communities in the Australian context.

Course content has been developed in consultation with, the approval of, and participation of The Aboriginal Advisory Group - the peak Aboriginal consultative and advisory body for the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage property – as well as NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Indicative Dates of Intensive Components

14-15 November 2022 – Pre-fieldwork preparation (ANU campus)

20-26 November 2022 – On-Country program (Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area)

29-30 November 2022 – Post-fieldwork intensive (ANU campus)


Contact Information

If you are interested in attending this intensive, please contact Professor Tim Denham ( and provide a short statement on how this class would relate to your studies.

Space is limited to 10 students.

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