Discover Archaeology Week – Heritage Festival 2022

Discover more about Inner West archaeologists and their work as part of the 2022 Heritage Festival. Curious to discover what archaeologists do, where they work and what they find? Join local Inner West archaeologists in an exploratory display of artefacts including those from the recent excavation of Fenwick’s building in Balmain and the old Marrickville […]

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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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The Big Dig on SBS

Celebrating 25 Years since The Big Dig excavations in 1994, a new documentary titled ‘Archaeology at The Big Dig’ explores how an archaeological site can give special insights into understanding the history of The Rocks and Sydney. The documentary ‘stars’ many people who are familiar to ASHA members, including Professors Richard Mackay and Grace Karskens,

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Artefact of the Month: Umbrella Fragments

A group of umbrella/parasol fragments were recovered from the site of 1-5 Queen Street, Melbourne (H7822-1871) during excavations undertaken by Extent Heritage in 2018. The site’s European history (Clark et al. 2019) starts in 1837, beginning with Pitman’s Store (a small building from which Frederick Pittman, a key trader of early Melbourne, ran a store)

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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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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 [email protected] 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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HERITAGE NEWS: Fencing wire and references

Regarding fencing wire: About the most wires can usually tell you is that it is post-1788. And you knew that anyway! The earliest Australian record for wire in rural fences I now know of is 1840. A few years earlier than what I published several years ago. (Yes, even I engage in the ‘my site

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