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Message 1: Archaeology and Linguistics: Understanding Ancient Australia

Date: Thu, 14 Feb 1991 10:23:52 GMT
Subject: Archaeology and Linguistics: Understanding Ancient Australia
Dr. Patrick McConvell
ARCLING, Anthropology
 February 12 1991

Dear Colleague,

The conference Archaeology and Linguistics: Understanding Ancient
Australia will be held at the Northern Territory University in
Darwin, Australia, July 8-12 this year. A copy of the overview
paper The Linguistic Prehistory of Australia: Opportunities for
Dialogue with Archaeology (Australian Archaeology 31: December
1990) and preliminary program will be sent if you register.

If you wish to attend, please fill in the form enclosed and
return to me at the above address by March 31.

If you cannot attend, please pass on this information to any
colleagues who may be interested, and exhibit the enclosed extra
information sheets on a noticeboard.

A few late papers may still be accepted. Papers may be on
intersciplinary work on prehistory in Australia or overseas, or
may be on archaeology, linguistics or another discipline provided
there is a link to actual or potential interdisciplinary research
on Australian prehistory. If you wish to present a paper please
send an abstract and title by March 31. Those giving papers are
also asked to prepare a written version of between 5 and 20 A4
pages to reach me by June 1, for copying and distribution at the

Please note that a number of overseas visitors will be attending
this conference. If your institution wishes to host any of these
people before or after the conference, please let me know so that
we can coordinate arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you in Darwin,

Yours sincerely,

Patrick McConvell
for ARCLING organizing committee


The Conference will be held at University House, Northern
Territory University, Myilly Point Campus, Darwin, about 2 km
from Darwin City Centre, July 8-12 1991.

The idea of the conference is to bring together people working in
archaeology, linguistics and other disciplines who are interested
in Australian prehistory, to share knowledge of their methods and
results, and to work out how interdisciplinary cooperation and
understanding can be further advanced. It is hoped that
participants will learn something about how other disciplines
work. Speakers will be encouraged to communicate effectively
across disciplinary boundaries and minimise the use of obscure
technical jargon from their own disciplines. 

Registration will be $60 before March 31; $80 after March 31.
Concessional rate $30 for students and unemployed. The
registration fee includes a light lunch each day (except
Wednesday). Other meals are also available at University House.

Student-type accommodation is available at University House: a
single room is $29 per night. If you require a double room or
hotel/motel accommodation, please let me know.

The trip to Kakadu National Park by bus will take up the whole of
Wednesday July 10. Rock art and archaeological sites will be
visited and there will be an opportunity for discussion of the
archaeology and linguistics of North Australia. Including lunch,
the trip will probably cost about $30 each. This will be paid for
when you arrive at the conference, but an indication of interest
in the trip at this stage is appreciated.

Fill out the form below and return to Dr. Patrick McConvell,
ARCLING, Anthropology, Northern Territory University, PO Box
40146, Casuarina 0811, Northern Territoty, Australia.
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