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16 days to go, and $2356 short of the target!

I’m moving into the final stage of the crowdfunding campaign – there’s only 16 days left, which is not long at all! I need your help to reach the target amount of $10,000. If I don’t get over the line, I don’t get any funding.

Ancient Australia Unearthed will address a core topic on the Australian Curriculum, and for which there is currently nothing comprehensive published for a high school audience.

Pledge today, and be a part of this important milestone.

Here are some rewards to thank you for your support:

$25 will get you a gift pack with stickers, a magnet and a badge

$50 will see your name printed in the book, and you’ll receive a copy of the ebook and a cool military style hat

$100 will see your name printed in the book, and I’ll send you a signed hard copy

$250 will earn you a chat with me, your name in the book, a signed hard copy and a gift pack

$500 will get you a chat, a signed hard copy, a second copy donated to a school of your choice, and a PD session to your nominated Melbourne school

Make history. Add your name. Support Ancient Australia Unearthed.

Ancient Australia Unearthed – using archaeology to teach Australia’s ancient history


Sample pages hot off the digital press!

My wizard book designer Robyn has already begun work on the layout, illustration and design for Ancient Australia Unearthed. You wonderful people get the exclusive first peak at some sample pages. We’ve got What is History?Homo floresiensis (aka ‘The Hobbit’) and The Mount Toba eruption. (These double-page spreads are all unedited drafts, so if you spot any errors, please let me know!)
Ancient Australia Unearthed sample draft What is History (1)
Ancient Australia Unearthed sample draft Homo Floresiensis
Ancient Australia Unearthed sample draft The Mount Toba Eruption (1)
As of this afternoon, the Pozible total has nudged $3,402. Thanks to everyone for the ongoing support in bringing Ancient Australia Unearthed to life. There’s only 29 days to go, so the journey isn’t over yet. Keep spreading the word!

Day 10, and the AAU tally has passed $1000

The tally for Day 10 stands at $1065.

That’s more than 10% of the total! Thanks to the 16 amazing people who have supported so far.

New to the project page is a Frequently Asked Questions section. I’ll be adding to this as the project progresses and more questions are sent in.

If you have a question regarding the Ancient Australia Unearthed book, please send it to info [at] plainspeak [dot] com [dot] au

I’m still a fair way off the target amount to bring this book to life, so please continue to spread the word and help unearth the prehistory of Ancient Australia! A small amount can make a big difference – all it takes is a $10 pledge from 900 people to get this project over the line.

Ancient Australia Unearthed – using archaeology to teach history


Pozible campaign is officially launched!

Ancient Australia Unearthed is a unique book for kids that uses archaeology to teach Australia’s ancient history.

Over the past six months, I’ve had heaps of teachers ask me for information – websites, books or anything else useful – that will help them teach the new Australian Curriculum history topic ‘Ancient Australia’. This unit is all about the Indigenous past, and while there are a handful of amazing online activities for kids, there are a total of zero comprehensive books devoted to this topic for a high school audience.

21Yep. Zero.

Powerful and well-funded bodies such as Veterans Affairs provide a wealth of information and activities for topics like Gallipoli and the Vietnam War, but Ancient Australia – an equally important part of our history – has been sorely neglected.

I intend to change that.

As an archaeologist, I have the knowledge and expertise to analyse the science. As a teacher, I understand what is required to translate this academic language into plain English. And as a writer, I have the skills to do just that.

PROBLEM: Large slabs of information about Ancient Australia are locked away in archaeology reports and academic journal papers. And which teachers have a month to sift through a pile of scientific articles and then turn that information into fun classroom activities? None that I know!

SOLUTION: I’ll do the research then translate the academic language into plain English. I’ll add a stack of exciting classroom activities along with heaps of great pictures, illustrations and games. That way, teachers can spend more time on the fun and less time on the work.

I’m working hard to have this book ready for the beginning of Term 1 in 2014. But without funding, I won’t meet that deadline, and if I miss the deadline, then kids and teachers will miss out too, because I’ll have to find another way to pay for design and print, and that could take a long time.

Visit pozible.com/ancientaustralia for more information. Donate, and I’ll send you some great Ancient Australia Unearthed merchandise!

Like this hat!
Like this hat!
Or this magnet!
Or this magnet!

But I can’t do this without your support!

So please spread the word, and help unearth the fascinating history of Ancient Australia!


Ancient Australia at HTAV

I will be presenting a seminar on Ancient Australia at the HTAV Middle Years Conference on Friday 25 October at 1:30pm.

This session discusses Ancient Australia in archaeological terms. Explore the ‘history’ of Ancient Australia through its changing climate and environment and how this impacted upon lifestyles and land use. Get tips on how to practically apply the depth study unit Ancient Australia, with a different approach to history and a fascinating new archaeological case study. While the session has a Year 7 focus, any teachers interested in Indigenous archaeology are invited to attend.

For more information, visit the HTAV website.

Coming soon: an Ancient Australia textbook for schools!

Due to popular demand, I have begun writing a textbook devoted to Ancient Australia. It’ll have lots of helpful teacher info, as well as a stack of great classroom resources, including case studies, inquiry questions, high quality images, and fascinating facts.

Since this book will quite literally be the first of its kind, I’d like to trial the material in a few Year 7 classes next year. If you’re a teacher and you’re interested in getting involved in the trial, please email your contact details to: info [at] plainspeak [dot] com [dot] au

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!

NEW: Book your class in for an archaeology talk

Want an expert to talk to your students about archaeology or history?

Look no further! You can book me to visit your school and talk to your class about anything archaeological, whether it be Australia’s recent history, the Indigenous past, Aztec, Greece, Rome, Egypt, human evolution – whatever the topic, I can give your students a new perspective.

Here are examples of things you (and your students!) might find interesting:

  • Stone tools and technology
  • Artefact illustration
  • Bottle identification
  • A day in the life of an archaeologist
  • Curriculum topics like Aztecs, Greece, Rome, Egypt or Ancient Australia

To inquire about archaeology school talks, please fill in the form below. Or you can email me at info [at] plainspeak [dot] com [dot] au.

Please note: I am based in Melbourne, Australia. If you are outside this area, I will be happy to arrange a class talk via Skype.