PS Rodney

Recognition at annual awards of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Heritage NSW Senior Maritime Archaeologist Dr Brad Duncan was recognised in the annual awards from the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, along with Professor Martin Gibbs of the University of New England.

The NSW Rivers and Waterways Cultural Landscapes Project was highly commended in the category ‘Martin Davies Award for Best Public Archaeology Initiative.’

Heritage NSW is pleased to advise that our Senior Maritime Archaeologist Dr Brad Duncan (Specialist Services Team) recognised in the annual awards from the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology on 26 November, along with Professor Martin Gibbs of the University  of New England. The NSW Rivers and Waterways Cultural Landscapes Project was highly commended in the category Martin Davies Award for Best Public Archaeology Initiative.

"The Rivers Project" utilises the regular Wreckspotters training and fieldwork Program run by Heritage NSW. Brad also completes some additional project work in his own time as part of his role as an associate Senior Lecturer at UNE.  

The project has systematically recorded archaeological sites in at least 30 rivers systems recording  1000 sites in NSW since 2010. Initial fieldwork identified new types of previously undocumented shipping / historic riverine infrastructure; and produced characterisations for archaeological recognition of similar sites elsewhere

The project continues to broaden and integrate the fields of historic and maritime archaeology, whilst extending collaborative opportunities for student and public archaeological training/ participation.

Photo: The PS Rodney, Darling River. SHR item No.1776. Credit Dr Brad Duncan.