Field Work, Port Arthur Field Trip

Port Arthur – Day Six – Back in the Port Arthur Archaeology Laboratory

Today we all went back to the labs to do much of the same work we have been doing during the past week here at Port Arthur, and the only major difference noted by all was the chilly weather that slowly crept up on us throughout the duration of the day; luckily there was no real rain!

Lauren, Leah and I (Bradley) worked in the trench for the first time with Annita and David. We familiarised ourselves with the purpose of the trench, which is to allow a fire suppression pipe to be installed. We were also shown the different deposits found in the trench and what contexts they are in. We started by doing a section drawing of the first feature of the trench, which had descending layers of soil, clay, bricks, a thin layer of charcoal, and a hard brick layer. David and I then did a Dumpy level survey, and he explained to me what it is, how it works and how to perform the survey.

After our rather long lunch break, in which a man named Charlie and his wife came to visit Annita, Andrew and the others and tell us some amusing stories, Lauren and Leah began photographing and doing section drawings of feature two, while I helped Annita collect and bag the artefacts found in the trench spoil pit, as well as plotting the lengths of each feature on a scale map of the trench area. Later in the day, David set up a drawing grid over feature three, which contained an interesting drain pipe feature, and I assisted him in drawing a scale version of the feature using the grid and a plumb bob.

At the end of the day Jeanne showed us a collection of different kinds of old glass bottles and jars, and told us all about them, which was interesting. Finally we all took a few group photos in front of the penitentiary building, which allowed a few of us to show our silly sides, and enjoy ourselves a bit before the last day at Port Arthur arrives.

We bade a fond farewell to Lauren who returns to Flinders University for her well deserved graduation ceremony.