Ethan Devereux-Phillips 

Presentation title: Brisbane Remembers?: The Findings and Usefulness of a City-Wide Survey of War Memorials 


War Memorials are a consistent and prominent part of the Australian cultural landscape and a vital mechanism for commemorating, advertising and propagating the martial narratives which have become so ingrained within our culture and identity. While much literature discusses the importance of individual memorials and national trends, little work has been concerned with the nature of memorialisation across multiple sites within a city-sized context. This talk will discuss a survey of 111 war memorials within Brisbane, with a focus on the relevance, methodology, results and beneficiality of the process. 

About the presenter 

Ethan is a UQ alumni who graduated with Honours in 2021. His primary focus lies with historical and conflict archaeology, with an emphasis on cultural memory and narrative construction. Ethan is currently working within the cultural heritage sector.


Clea Dibnah  

Presentation title: A New Framework for Identifying Causes of Trauma in Human Skeletal Remains  


Dangerous activities leave behind evidence in the human skeletal record in the form of trauma and injury patterns. However, the relationship between skeletal trauma and injury patterns are rarely explored in the medico-legal literature which has negatively impact bioarchaeologists’ ability to recognise them in the skeletal record. This is compounded by an established issue of determinate injury identification in the discipline, stemming from the lack of a differential diagnosis process in bioarchaeological trauma research. To rectify this, information from across medical and forensic literature on skeletal injuries definitively related to a cause was condensed into a usable framework. This framework will aid in identifying causes of trauma in past human remains and encourage researchers to explore a differential diagnosis approach in their future publications. 

About the presenter

Clea is a UQ alumni who graduated with Honours in 2021. Her interests lie in bioarcheology, specifically trauma analysis in human skeletal remains. 


Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. QR codes will be available for you to check in upon arrival. Hand sanitiser will also be available. As of the latest government advice, masks are no longer required at UQ locations—however, UQ encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. As of February 14, 2022, all persons visiting UQ locations must be fully vaccinated. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar. 

About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.