Field Work, Port Arthur Field Trip

April Field Season. Good Luck!

Volunteers on our Port Arthur lab work have (hopefully) departed this morning for a week of artefact cataloging with the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA). A lot of consultation, organisation and fund raising went into making this trip a reality, so thanks to all those that made it possible. A very big thank you to Annita and David from PAHSMA for hosting us. Hopefully ArchSoc will continue to work with PAHSMA in the future. Our volunteers will be blogging about their time in Port Arthur over the next week, so stay tuned 🙂

The week-long Archaeological Field Methods field school at Redbanks (Mallala) starts today as well! It’s great to see so many Flinders archaeology students getting some hands-on experience.

Good luck to everyone involved in field work this season and condolences to those stuck at their desks, perhaps the July field season will be kinder to you!


News, Port Arthur Field Trip

Port Arthur Fundraising – A Huge Success!

In 4 days our lucky volunteers will be jetting off to Port Arthur, Tasmania, for a week of processing, cataloguing, and photography of artefacts excavated from the Hobart Penetentiary Chapel (2011). We hope that they take home some valuable experience that many archaeology students in Australia could only wish to be involved in. But it hasn’t been a static build up to the day! Within the past fortnight, ArchSoc held 2 fundraising events which were extremely successful with the help of the Port Arthur students!

First there was the Port Arthur BBQ on Wednesday 28th of March. We set ourselves up on the Plaza grass, and readied ourselves for the lunch rush. The familiar and seductive smells of a classic outdoor barbeque tempted passers-by and lured in those who just couldn’t say no to a snag. A constant stream of students and lecturers kept us on our toes, serving them up freshly cooked sausages and veggie patties with onions and sauce at the ready. Some even came back for seconds – we must have been that great!

The following week, on Wednesday 4th of April, was our Port Arthur Bake Sale in the Humanities Courtyard. Volunteers from the committee and PA students brought their culinary skills (or for some, their Mums) to the trestle tables, ready for the innocent passer-by with the persevering sweet tooth. From slices to cupcakes, each delectable creation was sold off one-by-one leaving only a plateful of sweets at the end of the day.

A big thank you to those who helped support the cause and the students for a trip we hope they won’t forget!

Check out our Facebook gallery for more photos!

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. Continue reading “Artefact Cleaning, Cataloguing and Photography in a World Heritage Site.”