Excavations

ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: French Fire Bricks

The bricks in the images above and below were recovered from the southern end of Lot 67 in the 2016 excavation of the old CUB complex, near the corner of Swanston and Queensberry streets, Melbourne. This excavation was undertaken by Alpha Archaeology for Scape. Chosen for their rarity (an unusual find in Australia, and perhaps …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Googong Site Tours

Navin Officer Heritage Consultants (NOHC) archaeologists have begun work unearthing some of the Canberra region’s early European settlement – a lost nineteenth century schoolhouse in Googong. The dig is being run by Googong Township Pty Ltd in partnership with NOHC and is part of the extensive environmental and heritage survey works being undertaken at Googong. …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Googong school house, NSW

A 19th century school house has been excavated as part of developments in Googong, NSW. The excavation involved consultant and ANU student archaeologists, and recieved visits from local school children. Artefacts including slate pencils were found among the foundations. For more information, please see the following links: http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologists-unearth-19th-century-history-at-googong-20170605-gwkgqy.html http://www.archaeology.org/news/5605-170605-australia-school-house

EXCAVATION NEWS: City Rail Link excavations, Auckland

Excavations undertaken as part of the new Auckland City Rail Link have uncovered some interesting artefacts from the rear of the Auckland Chief Post Office building. The excavations will continue as more of the City Rail Link is constructed. For more information, please see the following link: http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2017/06/interesting-historical-artefacts-dug-up-in-crl-excavations/

EXCAVATION NEWS: Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

The Hyde Parks Barracks website has recently been rediscovered, and has been suggested as a ‘blast from the past’ for the blog. The website includes various images of excavations from the 1980’s, which you can check out here:https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/stories/archaeology-action-hyde-park-barracks An excerpt from the page states: In 1979 a major restoration of Hyde Park Barracks was begun, …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Christchurch Ceramics edition

Angel Trendafilov, of Underground Overground Archaeology, has been monitoring the bulk out of the new Convention Centre in Christchurch with the assistance of Kirsa Webb, Tristan Wadsworth, Teri Anderson, Hamish Williams and Peter Mitchell. The site, which was home to a variety of commercial, professional and residential activities in the 19th century, has yielded a …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Whenuapai WWII aircraft crash site

A World War II aircraft crash site at Whenuapai west of Auckland was investigated in April-May by a team lead by Simon Bickler in conjunction with Auckland Council. A USAAF B17E flying fortress (‘Texas Tornado’) which had been on a secret mission to New Zealand crashed and exploded shortly after take-off for Laverton on 9 …

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AWARD NEWS: National Trust Heritage award for GML

At the recent NSW National Trust Heritage awards, GML Heritage won the award for Interpretation for their Hill End Historic Site project. Hill End Historic Site is a former gold mining town in the central west of New South Wales. The National Parks and Wildlife Service commissioned GML, with Trigger and Simon MacArthur Associates to …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: UrbanGrowth NSW

Excavations continue at various sites across Parramatta, as part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program. The program aims to conserve and better understand the area’s heritage and will continue late into 2017. Sites include Aboriginal settlement areas, the Parramatta Female Factory and the Roman Catholic Orphan School. Excavations have so far uncovered knapping …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Pentridge Prison Fork

This cutlery fork that was recovered from excavations of a large rubbish pit at Pentridge Prison, located to the north of Melbourne. The assemblage is thought to date to the mid-nineteenth century and this particular artefact was chosen as a representative example of the many cutlery items recovered during the excavations. It is a utilitarian …

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