ArchSoc’s Port Arthur Field Trip

A few weeks have passed since the Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) sent six of our members and two of our committee to help the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA) with their artefact collection from the 2011 Hobart Penitentiary Chapel excavations. As you can see from the blog entries that the participants wrote at…

Port Arthur – Day Seven – Last Day of the Laboratory Work

Today is the last day and night we will be spending in Port Arthur, and I’m sure we are all missing this fantastic place already. The work of the previous day was continued, with Leah and I (Bradley) working in the trench, and Andrew, Tom, Maxim, Holly, Ilona and Louisa processing the various artefacts in…

Port Arthur – Day Six – Back in the Port Arthur Archaeology Laboratory

Today we all went back to the labs to do much of the same work we have been doing during the past week here at Port Arthur, and the only major difference noted by all was the chilly weather that slowly crept up on us throughout the duration of the day; luckily there was no…

Port Arthur – Day Four – Lab and Field

Today, we again met at the Policeman’s Cottage where we split into two different groups.  The majority worked in Policeman’s Cottage, cataloging artefacts, whilst a smaller group of three operated in the field. In the Field Maxim, Ilona and Holly began the day working with archaeologist Annita Waghorn, continuing the excavation of the fire-mains trench. …

Port Arthur – Day One & Two – Touring Port Arthur and Lab Inductions

Day 1 – Yesterday was all about travelling, shopping and settling in. The quaint wooden dwelling of Roseview cottage commands an awesome view of the Port Arthur site. Day 2 – Begins with a casual tour of Port Arthur. 40 minutes of convict and post-convict history sets the scene for the week ahead. The team…