Harrietville Chinese Mining Village (Victoria) September/October 2021 - The Uncovered Past Institute

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.
To register to participate in this dig, complete the Register Now registration form
• 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.


University of Tasmania Summer Convict Field School

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

Flinders University Field Schools and Intensives

Flinders University Field Schools and Intensives 2019

Flinders offers a range of undergraduate and graduate field methods topics, as well as more field schools in more locations than any other archaeology department in Australia. Field schools are a great way to see Australia, so even if you aren’t a Flinders University student you’re welcome to attend as a short course student. International students are particularly welcome. Intensive Courses at Flinders Flinders also offers a range of intensive topics and laboratory short courses addressing basic skills in human osteology and analysis of the human skeleton, stone artefact analysis, maritime archaeology lab methods, as well as on specialised areas such as cultural heritage and the law.

2019 Field Schools, Short Courses & Professional Workshops

Maritime Archaeology Field School 
27 January – 7 February, 2019
Cultural Heritage and the Law 
11-15 February, 2019
Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum
(Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction)
15-19 April, 2019

Community Archaeology Field School
6 -12 July, 2019
Conservation Practicum
23 – 27 September, 2019

Introductory Archaeological Geophysics 
23 September – 6 October, 2019
Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology
(Marine Geophysics)
18 – 22 November, 2019
Human Osteology
4 – 8 November, 2019
Paleopathology of the Human Skeleton
11-12 November, 2019
Two Day Professional Development Workshop
Forensic Anthropology
13-14 November, 2019
Two Day Professional Development Workshop

For further information or to enroll follow the link below:


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