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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!

On the crowdfunding campaign trail

Campaigning of any kind takes a lot of effort, particularly if it’s done online. It’s sometimes hard for people to imagine what the end result will be for a creative project, so until a sample of work is produced, it’s all about the way you market your project. At least, that’s what it’s been like for me.

The challenge with a campaign like mine is that any funds raised will go directly towards design and print costs, so unless I meet my target, supporters won’t actually get to see the finished product. Talk about a Catch-22!

No target = no funds = very delayed book.

So far, the most successful campaigning has been through word of mouth, and thanks to everyone who’s helped spread the word, the funding tally stands at $3,362.

Now, though, the serious work begins – sticking address labels onto lots of colourful post cards and mailing them to potential supporters!


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


Day 4

What a whirlwind the last few days have been! SInce launching the Ancient Australia Unearthed project on Pozible, I’ve been madly writing, planning, emailing and tweeting, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

The pledge tally so far is $425!

Two wonderful people have opted to receive a hard copy of the book when it’s published, and others will be receiving magnets, stickers, badges and cool military-style hats! I’m thrilled with the support so far, and am excited about the potential of this project.

Here’s a quick progress report on the book:

I like to have non-fiction works figured out in advance, so at the moment, the book is a jumble of headings and text, but very soon, this mess will become a neat document that corresponds with this storyboard plan:


I’ve taken over the dining table, and my housemate has been ever so gracious and understanding!


I’ll be uploading a video shortly of some midget-sized fans who really want to see this book published! Stay tuned.

There are 49 days to go, but that’s not a lot of time in the world of crowdfunding, so please keep spreading the word and help me get this project off the ground!

Ancient Australia Unearthed – using archaeology to teach Australia’s prehistory.

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!