Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums
Friday 8 February 2013
National Museum of Australia
Dr Mike Smith AM is a pioneering desert archaeologist, an author and a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre at the National Museum of Australia. His research and teachings have been inspirational throughout Australia and the world. Mike's career is virtually synonymous with the development of Australian desert archaeology as a field. Mike Smith's profile
Distinguished archaeologists, historians, artists and museum staff reflected on and celebrated Mike Smith’s 30 years of work in desert archaeology and museums. During the day we heard riveting stories of adventure and participated in lively discussions on contemporary archaeology and its contribution to museums.
A tribute to Dr Mike Smith AM
A tribute to Mike Smith's work, by Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Museum of Australia. Features an introduction by Peter Stanley and a poetry reading by Mark O'Connor.
Inventing Australia's desert archaeology
Speakers June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney reflect on their time teaching and working with Mike Smith, and the developing field of desert archaeology in Australia.
A portrait of Mike Smith
Artist Jo Bertini talks about her portrait of her friend and colleague, Mike Smith. Jo also outlines Mike's great passion for desserts, and presents a book of dessert recipes compiled by his friends.
A stratigraphy of an archaeologist
Former colleagues and collaborators, Philip Jones, Peter Veth, Anne McConnell and Dick Kimber, investigate the layers of Mike Smith's career. They discuss some of the projects and digs through which Mike developed his knowledge of the human past in Australia, and how museums have contributed to mainstream knowledge of desert archaeology.
'The lost art of stratigraphy' lecture by Mike Smith - videos and transcripts
Paintings by Mandy Martin
Artist Mandy Martin reflects on her work with Mike Smith. Mandy and Mike worked together in multi-disciplinary teams studying the Puritjarra rock shelter in the Northern Territory and Paruku, or Lake Gregory, in north-eastern Australia.
Museums, Mike and more
Libby Robin, Jay Arthur, Allan Whiting, Diana James and Tom Griffiths reflect on their travels and work with Mike Smith. Mike has worked in deserts and museums, has journeyed on camels and in four-wheel drives, formed partnerships with artists and Indigenous communities, and extended his reach and understanding. Those who travelled with Mike reflect on what he, and they, learned on the way.
Photographs by Peter Eve
Photographer Peter Eve reflects on an expedition into the remote southern Simpson Desert that he shared with Mike Smith. Peter praises Mike's ability to bring the buried landscapes and humanities of deep time to life. Includes a slideshow of Peter's photographs.
Peter Stanley chairs an open mike session at a tribute to Mike Smith. Includes contributions from Calogero Santoro and Isabel McBryde, with a response from Mike Smith.
Other memories and musings
Lolo Houbein, 15 February 2013
It is only 10 days ago that I received from a friend of archaeology days a copy of the ...
Gifford and Midra Miller, 7 February 2013
I first spent time with Mike on an expedition to Lake Eyre in 1992, coordinated by John Magee and ...