Archaeological Field School 2019

Introduction to Field School

Everick Foundation’s 2019 archaeology field school will run for five days, and will be available for three separate sessions in September and October (see dates below). Our field school is specifically tailored for history and science teachers, and university students studying archaeology, designed to provide valuable practical and methodological training and resources for attendees seeking to improve their respective skill-sets.

Learning Outcomes

Day 1: Site prediction, ground penetrating radar (GPR), historic aerials, site survey, and mapping.

Day 2: Designing a testing strategy, laying out site grid, and excavation principles.

Day 3: Excavation, sieving, artefact analysis, cataloguing, and photography.

Day 4: Recording, artefact analysis, and feature drawing.

Day 5: Stratigraphy, section drawing, and overall site interpretation.



Teachers: The course content is designed to complement the National and State curriculum in history and science. 

University students: The course content is designed to meet the Australian Archaeology Skills Passport.

Please note: each course will have a maximum of 15 places and will be taught by two professional archaeologists.


  • Participate on a genuine archaeological excavation

  • Learn where and how to dig

  • Work alongside practicing heritage professionals and learn the tricks of the trade

  • Be part of discovering Queensland’s history and learn about its unique industrial legacy


The site is located west of Ipswich, southeast Queensland. Pending permissions, the field school will be conducted at a historical industrial site along the Bremer River that dates to the 1880s.


This is a 5 day course being offered for three consecutive weeks. Please choose one week:

                23 - 27 September 2019

                30 September – 04 October 2019

                07 – 11 October 2019

Activity Level

A general level of fitness is necessary for archaeological excavations, such as walking short distances, walking up and down steps, kneeling, lifting buckets, and sitting on the ground. Artefact sieving and processing can be done while seated. All activities will occur outdoors, subject to autumn weather, and shade is provided. We will do our best to accommodate all levels of fitness and mobility, and staff will always be on site who are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR.

Please mention any concerns in your application.  


Experience Requirements

No previous experience is necessary. In fact, we’re expecting you to be new to archaeology - so don’t be shy!

We welcome applications from anyone over the age of 18. Due to limited places, acceptance cannot not guaranteed so please apply early.

Rules of Conduct

All participants are expected to adhere to the rules of conduct, as set forth in the Codes of Ethics of the Australian Archaeological Association:

Acknowledgement of Participation

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation with details of the short course, documenting the number of hours.


Participants are to arrange their own accommodation. We will block book accommodation close to the excavation site. Details to follow.


Attendance at the five-day field school costs $890 AUD per person (incl. GST).

This includes:

  • expert instruction provided by professional archaeologists

  • program activities and training

  • teaching material content and binder

  • excavation notebook

  • a trowel (to keep)

  • lunch and morning / afternoon tea (provided daily)

Exclusions: Participants are to arrange their own transportation, accommodation, breakfast and dinner.


Payment Options

  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due Friday 23/08/2019 to secure place on course

  • The balance is due ($590) 2 weeks prior to commencement of the course:

    • 09/09/2019 for week starting Monday 23/9

    • 16/09/2019 for week starting Monday 30/09

    • 23/09/2019 for week starting Monday 07/10

What to bring

  • Long pants

  • Long shirt

  • Hat

  • Boots

  • And a great attitude!

All excavation equipment will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

The deposit is forfeited if booking is cancelled after 23/08/2019.

In the unlikely event that the dig is cancelled (e.g. extreme weather forecast), you will receive a FULL refund of any monies paid, or you will be given the option to transfer your payment towards participation in another dig being run by Everick Foundation.



Dr Serena Love

Serena is Everick Heritage’s Principal Research Archaeologist, with an extensive research profile and previous teaching experience as archaeology lecturer at the University of Queensland. She has specialisations in geoarchaeology and Ancient Egyptian archaeology, with a PhD from Stanford University. She works closely with the Quandamooka, Wulli Wulli and Butchulla peoples as a technical advisor and cultural heritage consultant, and regularly undertakes field survey, excavation, research and cultural heritage management plans for sites and projects across Queensland. In addition to her extensive field and research experience, Serena’s extensive teaching experience is an asset to our field school, extending beyond university teaching to community engagement programs such as “Skype an Archaeologist” for schools, Professional Development sessions for teachers of history and science, museum presentations, and even television guest appearances.


Dr Emma James

Emma is a senior archaeologst at Everick with a PhD from University of Queensland. Her research interests include zooarchaeology, taphonomic processes, and palaeoanthropology. She brings to our field school an extensive fieldwork history, with excavations undertaken across Australia, Europe and Africa over the last decade. Emma’s previously been part of dynamic cross-institutional research projects exploring ways to better quantify bone surface modifications on fossil bones using 3D geometric morphometrics. As a consultant archaeologist, she brings experience on various projects involving mining, solar, residential developments, road upgrades, and large linear infrastructure projects.


Pauline Fowler

Pauline is a current archaeologist with research interests in Aboriginal late Holocene movement patterns across coastal Queensland. Previously her research has used GIS spatial modelling and shell material distribution to predict Late Holocene human movement patterns across the interior of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. Pauline is a dynamic member of Everick’s archaeological team, with skills in ArcGIS data management, geoprocessing and spatial analysis/modelling, as well as experience in archaeological survey and excavation, artefact identification, historical significance assessments, and the preparation of cultural heritage management plans. Currently, she is exploring the application of new technologies, such as remotely piloted aircraft (drones), to advance new means to document and record our Australian cultural sites.


Clwedd Burns

Clwedd is Everick’s lead GIS specialist and geomorphologist. He brings over 20 years of experience in consulting and scientific research in Canada, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. Clwedd has previously been responsible for coordinating and delivering educational field experiences at the University of Queensland, and provided technical and operational advice on scientific equipment and techniques. His work in geomorphology and GIS has involved him in roles as a consultant and research scientist for mining projects, powerline corridor realignment, environmental assessments, and environmental research projects.