Glass

Lea and Perrins’ Glass Bottle Stopper

In late February 2020, two service trenches were dug across Curtis Park, which is located along the Dumaresq Creek in central Armidale, NSW. The trenches are believed to be works associated with the initial developments of a current million-dollar project which will see a section of the park converted into a regional playground (Green 2019). …

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Melbourne Artefact Workshop

In August and September ASHA hosted two workshops in Melbourne that were a great success! The workshops were a beginners guide to historic artefact identification, and conservation basics for archaeologists. Both events were fully booked with 40 attendees, and waiting lists for extra places. Dr Christine Williamson, Bronwyn Woff and Holly Jones-Amin presented respectively on …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Glass Target Balls

In 2016 Extent Heritage were engaged by the Department of Parliamentary Services, Parliament of Victoria to undertake excavations within the grounds of Victoria’s Parliament House. This location includes the site of the former St Peter’s Diocesan Grammar School (H7822-2339), which was constructed in 1849. The excavations yielded a collection of 10,122 artefacts, among which were …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Codd Bottle Openers

In 1872 Hiram Codd patented his famous aerated water bottle with its unique internal marble stopper. Once opened the bottle’s ingeniously designed neck kept the marble from obstructing the flow of liquid. But have you ever wondered how a Codd bottle was opened in the first place? Figure 1 Wooden Codd Bottle Opener (Courtesy: https://www.quora.com/There-was-a-harsh-drink-in-India-with-a-ball-in-the-glass-bottle-that-they-called-Soda-What-is-it) …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: F-52 Camera Lens, NT

The bombing of Darwin in February 1942 resulted in the establishment of 10 main airbases with two additional satellite bases for each main base in Australia’s Northern Territory. Coomalie was one of Batchelor’s satellite airbases and was home to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) squadrons 31 and 87 (87 was born from No. 1 Photo …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Kirin Beer Bottle

Atherton Chinatown is arguably one of the most thoroughly researched Chinese sites in North Queensland. The strong Chinese presence at Atherton was mainly within the designated area outside of the main township and over time, has not been subject to development. Several archaeological studies have been conducted in the Atherton Chinatown district from 1981 to …

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EXCAVATIONS: Parramatta, NSW

Historical and Contact Archaeology in North Parramatta A site currently being excavated in North Parramatta, New South Wales has found evidence of contact between European and local Indigenous peoples in fragments of glass. The excavators have also discovered evidence of leisure and ornamentation of the residents of the previous institutions located on the site. For …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Bullseye! Pontilled Window Glass

The fragment of glass illustrated in the images below was found in the 1988 excavation season of Melbourne’s Little Lon district. This area was reported to be a slum, with a mixed use of domestic and light industrial lots. Crown glass window pane fragment. LL71844 Historical Archaeology Collection, Museums Victoria. Images: Bronwyn Woff The glass …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Absinthe Bottles at Little Lon

Absinthe Bottles and Prostitution in Early Colonial Melbourne This absinthe bottle is one of 10 recovered from a rubbish pit associated with Mrs Bond’s grocer in Melbourne’s notorious Little Lon district. Absinthe, or the green fairy, was a hallucinogenic alcoholic drink available from the 18th century but reaching new heights of popularity in bohemian Paris …

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