Artefact Studies

When is a Brick not a Building Material

Authors: Matthew Kelly and Alexandra Thorn (Curio Projects, Sydney) In 2013 AHMS Pty Ltd (now Extent Heritage) completed an archaeological excavation at 478 George Street in Sydney’s CBD known as the ‘Mick Simmons’ site-after the famous sporting goods store which traded there until 2012. The excavation yielded evidence of European occupation, from perhaps as early …

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Artefact of the Month: Chamber Pots

In 2019, GML Heritage Pty Ltd (GML) were engaged by ISPT Pty Ltd (ISPT) to undertake an historical archaeological investigation of 364-378 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. This location encompasses two sites listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory (H7822-1024 and H7822-1025). The sites were used as domestic residences (1864-1918) before the construction of a Women’s VD …

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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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ASHA Workshop Resources Available

On 26 September 2018, ASHA held a workshop on Artefact Identification and Analysis as part of the 2018 ASHA/AIMA Conference in Parramatta. There was a good turnout of members, students and non-members with 25 attending each session. Specialists talked on the artefact categories that are often, if not always, found during excavations. These categories also …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: American Artifacts Blog

There have been no submissions for Artefact of the Month recieved this month (email blog@asha.org.au if you would like to submit for the June edition!) however I’ve come across a great blog from our North American friends: The American Artifacts Blog! This blog “is a media outlet featuring artifact-related digital content from U.S. and Canadian …

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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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UPCOMING EVENT: ASHA Reading Group, Sydney

The next ASHA reading group is being hosted by Casey and Lowe and will be held on 22nd March. This is a semi-regular (quarterly) opportunity to catch-up with other historical archaeologists and discuss themes of interest. Topic: Historical Artefacts Facilitator: Robyn Stocks, Senior Artefact Specialist, Casey and Lowe Location: Casey and Lowe Offices, 51 Reuss …

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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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