The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art is to honour the lifetime commitments of Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw and his wife Dr Ruth Megaw to archaeology at Flinders University and to the Flinders University Art Museum. The establishment of the Megaw Lecture builds on the unique niche that the Department of Archaeology holds within Australian archaeology and promotes the unique collections of the Flinders University Art Museum.

Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw was appointed to Flinders University 1982 as a Lecturer in Visual Arts with a remit to introduce courses in prehistoric and ethnographic art. His accomplishments include five sequential ARC Large/Discovery Grants and devising a new Bachelor of Archaeology degree within a Department of Visual Arts and Archaeology. In 1996 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Visual Arts and Archaeology. Professor Megaw retired and was appointed Emeritus Professor at Flinders University in December 2002. In 2004 Vincent was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to the study of archaeology and Indigenous art.

Dr Ruth Megaw, who sadly died suddenly in July 2013, spent twenty-five years in collaborative publication with her husband. During their time at Flinders University they developed a joint interest in Indigenous Australian art while continuing to publish widely in the field of early Celtic art. While at Flinders University, Vincent and Ruth Megaw established a major collection of Aboriginal art, especially that from the Western Desert. Though she was never a permanent member of staff in the School of Humanities, Dr Megaw lectured in several topics in archaeology and art. The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art is funded by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law and the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University.

Come, let me tell you a tale: Archaeology, Storytelling, and the Unperformed Play of the Past

Brian Fagan takes a look back at his long career, both as an African archaeologist and as an archaeological writer, and looks at the world of archaeology, past, present, and future.

What: Free public lecture to celebrate the careers and collaboration of Ruth and Vincent Megaw. The inaugural lecture in this annual event will be presented by Brian Fagan.

Where: Function Centre, Flinders University (map reference 30).

When: Saturday 12th April, 6pm-8pm.

RSVPs are essential: Email joy.tennant@flinders.edu.au by Tuesday the 8th of April.

The Flinders Archaeological Society will present the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice before the lecture, as well as provide drinks and nibbles afterwards.

Ruth and Vincent Megaw on the occasion of the publication of the second edition of their Celtic art from its beginnings to the Book of Kells. Photograph by Multimedia Unit, Flinders University, 2001.
Ruth and Vincent Megaw on the occasion of the publication of the second edition of their Celtic art from its beginnings to the Book of Kells. Photograph by Multimedia Unit, Flinders
University, 2001.

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