Australian Heritage Festival | Archaeology Site Dig and Expert Panel Discussion

18 May 2024 ‐

18 May 2024

1:00 pm ‐ 4:00 pm

Adults: $15
Children $5

National Trust Members: $10

The National Trust and the Heritage Council of Victoria presents this opportunity for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in Victoria’s rich history, while exploring the exciting discipline of archaeology.

Participants will hear from a panel of professional experts about archaeological heritage and its conservation, followed by an opportunity to work with a NTAV Dig Director who will guide them as they uncover and analyse artefacts in a simulated archaeological site. Participants will learn how to survey and read the landscape using archaeological thinking.

Hear from professional archaeologists working in Victoria about what a day at the office is like. Our panellists will discuss career pathways in archaeology, travel and of course their favourite and most memorable digs and discoveries. 

This event is run as part of the Australian Heritage Festival (Victoria).



Jeremy Smith is Heritage Victoria’s Principal Archaeologist, and is an Honorary Fellow in the Classics and Archaeology Discipline, at the University of Melbourne. He has worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East and across Australia. He has published widely on the subject of the Victoria’s historical archaeology, with a focus on the archaeology of Melbourne.  He was a key contributor to the award-winning book Ned Kelly Under the Microscope (CSIRO Publishing, 2014). 

Dr Karen Murphy is an historical archaeologist with over 20 years’ experience in heritage consultancy, academia and state government heritage management. She is currently the Technical Director for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage for global engineering and project delivery company Jacobs Group, and is the Archaeology Member on the Heritage Council of Victoria. She has excavated archaeological sites in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Sweden, San Francisco and Turkey. 

Dr Georgia Stannard is a Lecturer in Australian Aboriginal Archaeology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Her research areas include the archaeology and palaeoenvironments of Australia’s cold climate landscapes and is a national leader in archaeological education. 

Dr Janine Major has a PhD in Archaeology from La Trobe University and a mini-MBA from the Australian Institute of management. Her previous roles include Principal, GML Heritage Victoria and Senior Manager Strategy and Operations for the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. Dr Major has over 16 years’ experience in archaeology and cultural heritage management and has worked on a range of historical and Aboriginal sites of local, state and world heritage significance. 

Dr Caroline Spry is an Archaeologist and Heritage Advisor. She is Acting Co-manager of the Cultural Heritage Unit, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology at La Trobe University; and Co-chair of National Archaeology Week in Australia. 


The event is proudly supported by the Heritage Council Victoria.