By Prof. Martin Gibbs
The Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) was founded in 1970 to promote the newly created field of historical archaeology within Australia. At the core of this fascinating cross-disciplinary collaboration between archaeologists, historians and historical geographers lies the desire to understand the early colonial period of Australia including cross-cultural contacts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.
Melissa Kennedy is a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia for the Project Aerial Archaeology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is the editor of A Land in Between: The Orontes Valley in the Early Urban Age, a book which documents the material culture and socio-political relationships of the Orontes Valley and its neighbours from the fourth through to the second millennium BCE (photo from the author archives).