The Gallipoli battlefields and the archaeology of ANZAC

Over the last five years a team of archaeologists, historians and classicists from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have completed the first detailed survey of the Anzac battlefields at Gallipoli, which contains one of the best preserved WWI landscapes in the world. In this lecture, Dr Birkett-Rees will discuss how modern archaeological approaches and technologies have been used to trace the physical remains of the battle including trenches and artefacts - and thereby investigate daily life on the battlefield, providing the first archaeological analysis of the wartime landscapes of Gallipoli.

About the speaker

Dr Jessie Birkett-Reesis an archaeologist of the ancient Near East and a specialist in cultural landscape analyses. Jessie spent five field seasons recording and investigating the material remains of the 1915 conflict at Gallipoli within its broader historical context. Jessie has also conducted extensive fieldwork and research in the prehistory of Turkey and the Caucasus. She currently has three active field projects, in Australia, Georgia and Turkey, but spends most of her year in Melbourne, where she teaches archaeology at Monash University.

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About The Hall Annual Lecture

The Hall Annual Lecture is UQ Archaeology’s annual public lecture in honour of the founder of archaeology at UQ, Associate Professor Jay Hall.

Associate Professor Jay Hall is the former Head of UQ’s Archaeology program. As well as an award-winning teacher, Jay is the editor of Queensland Archaeological research - a publication he started in 1984. Jay retired in 2007 after more than 30 years at the University. He is currently an Adjunct Reader in Archaeology in the School of Social Science at UQ.


Advanced Engineering Building (#49), St Lucia Campus, UQ
Lecture Theatre 200