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
Join us to discover more about the Chinese miners who once lived and worked in the 19th century Harrietville Chinese Mining Village. For around thirty years from the early 1860s Harrietville was home to many of the thousands of Victoria’s Chinese gold miners. This will be the second season of archaeological excavation at the Chinese Mining Village, following the successful first season in October 2017. 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 excavation in 2017, along with fragments of European tableware ceramics and glass bottles. Season Two 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.
Season Two excavations are currently in planning stage, and permits are being sought from the relevant regulatory bodies.
• The excavations are planned to take place over four weeks from Monday 30 September to Saturday 26 October 2019.
• Each week will be a 6-day program – starting Monday morning, finishing Saturday evening
You can take part for one, two, 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.
• Learn excavation techniques
• Work alongside some of the most experienced archaeologists and historians of Chinese heritage, and mining heritage, in Australia.
• Learn how to identify Chinese and European artefacts such as ceramics, coins, bottles, foodstuffs and beverages, medicines and opium- and tobacco- smoking paraphernalia.
• Be a part of archaeological discovery in one of the key heritage areas of 19th century Chinese mining history.
The program will include:
• intensive training, and participation in, field work (site excavation, site surveying), and artefact processing (cleaning, recording, identifying and cataloguing)
• a maximum of 4 participants for every supervising archaeologist in our team
• guided history and heritage tours of Harrietville and surrounding areas – focusing on mining history and the Chinese pioneers of the Valley.
• workshops and lectures, on topics such as:
Principles of archaeology
Surveying techniques, mapping and GIS
Conservation techniques for materials
Alluvial mining techniques
Chinese pioneers of the Ovens Valley
Chinese mining history in Australia
Understanding Chinese joss houses and temples
Goldrush-era Chinese cooking and food preservation