JAMES Cook University in Cairns recently hosted a joint conference of the Australian Archaeology Association and Australian Society for Historical Archaeology, with more than 500 delegates attending.
They included practicing archaeologists as well as upcoming members of the profession came from New Zealand, Canada, Britain and other countries were also present.
Papua New Guinea was represented by two young archaeologists from the UPNG Archaeology Lab Group, Jason Kariwiga and me.
During the course of the conference I was asked many times what I thought of proceedings because it was the first time I had attended a gathering of such high standing.
I mostly replied, “I’m overwhelmingly intrigued and challenged to pursue archaeology even further”.