2016 was a pearler of a year and we have much to report on for the last 6 months. Our various Projects and outputs are detailed below. The restructuring at UWA has progressed and Archaeology and CRAR+M are now part of a Super Faculty which includes Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE). We have a new Executive Dean, Professor Matthew Tonts, and our Head of School is Professor Graham Brown. The UWA Renewal process has seen some major changes around the University, but Archaeology and CRAR+M are in a good position to build on the successes of the past five years' growth and productivity. We are looking forward to the opportunities that this new structure is likely to bring.
We now have in the order of 30 Postgraduate students, whose PhDs cover a diverse and intriguing range of topics. Coming into this fold is Ms Ana Motta, who was successful in her application for a prestigious Forrest Scholarship. Ana will be working with the Kimberley Visions team, and three additional APAI scholarships have just been advertised for further participation in the great research project (see below).
Last year was personally huge for me also. In addition to the 5 months fieldwork on Murujuga, I spent 10 weeks in the USA completing my ARC Future Fellowship fieldwork in California and Nevada and working with colleagues at UCal Berkeley. Combined with visits to Penn State and SHUMLA in January, the Visiting Professorship at Toulouse, a roundtable in Berlin and the WAC conference in Kyoto, it is lucky that our last child at home flew the coop to study at U Syd! The year was was topped off by me being awarded the Rhys Jones medal at the 2016 AAA conference in Terrigal (see below).
This year is shaping up to be slightly less frenetic. CRAR+M teams will be active in a number of field areas in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Western Desert. Two of our colleagues who have been on overseas Fellowships return, and the teaching team is in full swing getting ready for the new academic year. Welcome to 2017!!