Join us to discover more about the Chinese miners who once lived and worked in the 19th century Harrietville Chinese Mining Village. For around fifty years from the early 1860s Harrietville was home to many of the thousands of Victoria’s Chinese gold miners. This will be the third season of archaeological excavation at the Chinese Mining Village, following the successful first and second seasons in October 2017 and October 2019. The largely undisturbed site includes mine workings, water races, building foundations, and gardens: a rare survivor of the heyday of Chinese gold mining in Victoria. The foundations of at least 19 buildings were discovered during a survey undertaken during Season One fieldwork in 2017. Huge quantities of food, liquor, medicines, utensils, ceramics and even coins were imported from China for the Chinese mining communities. Many fragments of these were discovered during the first two excavation seasons in 2017 and 2019, along with fragments of European tableware ceramics and glass bottles. Season Three research objectives will be to undertake more extensive excavations on a variety of building sites and gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle of the Chinese miners.
In the Alpine National Park, in the Upper Ovens Valley, in northeast Victoria, Australia, near the town of Harrietville.
• The excavations are taking place over four weeks from Monday 27 September to Saturday 23 October 2021.
• Each week will be a 6-day program – starting Monday morning, finishing Saturday evening
• Week 1 – Monday 27 September to Saturday 2 October 2021
• Week 2 – Monday 4 October to Saturday 9 October 2021
• Week 3 – Monday 11 October to Saturday 16 October 2021
• Week 4 – Monday 18 October to Saturday 23 October 2021
You can take part for one, two, three, or all four of these weeks.
You can start in Weeks 1, 2, 3 or 4 – there will be introductory training each Monday for new participants.
• A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to secure your place.
• Balance is to be paid by 13 August 2021.
• All fees are GST-exempt.
The University of Tasmania Convict Archaeology Field School returns this summer for second and third year tertiary students. This unique course will introduce students to the latest techniques in excavating historic convict sites to reveal our island’s rich archaeological record of convict’s lives in captivity.
In addition to learning the latest methods for excavating historic convict sites, students will work with Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Port Arthur Historic Site to learn current field and museum techniques to stabilise, catalogue, and exhibit these artefacts as a unique public heritage resource.
Applications close December 6, 2019.
Our Contact Team are available to answer any questions via phone or email. Please see our website for further details