Field Work, Port Arthur Field Trip

Artefact Cleaning, Cataloguing and Photography in a World Heritage Site.

In just under a fortnight, eight ArchSoc members will be heading over to Port Arthur, Tasmania, to assist the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA) with some artefact processing and cataloguing. The artefacts in question come from an excavation that took place at the Hobart Penitentiary Chapel in 2011 (for more information visit The team, led by Andrew, consists of Bradley, Holly, Ilona, Lauren, Louisa, Maxim and Tom.

Arriving in Hobart on the 10th of April, the team will  tour the Penitentiary Chapel where the excavation took place, courtesy of the National Trust (Tasmania) before travelling approximately 95km to Port Arthur with Annita Waghorn and David Roe (PAHSMA archaeologists).

Accommodation will be at Roseview Cottage, “Port Arthur Historic Site’s glorious 1-Star hostel accommodation. It’s basic but clean and (relatively) comfortable” (Waghorn 2011).

For the next week, the team will have the responsibility to process, catalogue and photograph the project artefacts. Time-permitting, PAHSMA may take participants on a tour of nearby Point Puer or the Coal Mines on Saturday 14th. On the 17th of April, participants will be transported back to Hobart for their flights and a well-earned rest!

The itinerary for the week is:

Tues, 10 April             Arrival and pickup; tour of Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart; travel to Port Arthur

Wed, 11 April             Induction; lab work

Thurs, 12 April           Lab work

Fri, 13 April                Lab work

Sat, 14 April                Free day: Possible tour of the Port Arthur World Heritage Site, Point Puer and the Coal Mines.

Sun, 15 April              Lab work

Mon, 16 April             Lab work

Tues, 17 April             Travel home

ArchSoc would like to thank PAHSMA and the National Trust (Tasmania) for giving us the opportunity to get involved in this project and for supplying transport to/from Port Arthur and the accommodation at Roseview Cottage. It is great that ArchSoc could get involved in this project while it is still in its infancy and we hope that a relationship with PAHSMA will continue into the future. A very big thank you to all others that showed interest in this field trip as well.

Thanks also to the ArchSoc committee who have sacrificed their time to bring this field trip to its members; we hope it is the first of many that ArchSoc will host this year. ArchSoc is in the early planning stages of a long-term archaeology project with the Prospect Hill Museum that will likely involve many ArchSoc members. More details of this project will emerge as they become known.

Keep an eye out for Port Arthur blog updates. Field Trip participants will be writing about their experiences while they’re on the trip!

Thanks again,

ArchSoc Committee.