,CyIndiana' Bryce Takes Students Back in History

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HE'S a university academic by profession and in his spare time, explores 3000-year-old archaeological sites.

The University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) own "Indiana Jones", Professor Bryce Barker, will present an exciting, hands-on overview of what life as an archaeologist is like during the third and final McGregor in the Vines workshop.

Professor Barker said the two-day event, to be held in picturesque Stanthorpe on September 4 and 5, would provide a broad overview of archaeology as a discipline with a particular focus on the local, national and international region.

"This workshop is perfect for people who are interested in learning archaeological methods and techniques through hands-on experience," he said.

"Participants will learn how to analyse the archaeological record using 3000-year-old material from an excavation carried out in the Whitsundays.

"The first day will be an interactive presentation supported by visual material from excavations in Australia and Papua New Guinea, while the second day will be an introduction to laboratory analysis, giving participants a change to sort, identify and analyse actual archaeological record."

Professor Barker teaches anthropology and archaeology in the School of Humanities at USQ and is the author of two books on Australian archaeology, focusing on Aboriginal maritime hunter-gatherers on the central Queensland coast. …