Past Field Work


Total Station Workshop

A total station workshop was held by Rob Koch and consisted of both theoretical introductions into what a total station is and can do in addition to, practicing setting up the station and recording points.

Some special thanks go to Rob Koch for his help and guidance.

Practical Introduction to GIS

Andrew Frost held a practical introduction to GIS, introducing some applications that can be used to create visualisations of archaeological data and how to analyse them.



 Volunteering at Old Government House

This field work was a great opportunity for ArchSoc members to participate and get essential skills needed for their professional development. The site was completed in 1860, construction costing a whopping £1600. Lovingly restored in the 1970s inside and out to its former Victorian glory, the vice-regal boasts some rather dramatic architectural features!

The project completed by ArchSoc included learning to describe and record to scale all of the external features of the main building and of the servant’s quarters, located to the rear of the main building over two and a half days.

The project was organised in conjunction with the Friends of Old Government House who carefully maintained the house, the servant’s quarters and the grounds.

Special thanks go to Dr Bob Stone for lending his help and expertise!



Prospecting the history of the hills: volunteer opportunity in Prospect Hill

During the 2012 field season, ArchSoc conducted a field survey at the site of the Deputy Surveyor-General of South Australia, Thomas Burr’s camp in Prospect Hill. During the project they helped the Prospect Hill Historical Museum and the Prospect Hill Community Association Inc. to identify and interpret material evidence of the existence of the 19th Century surveyor’s camp, which was inhabited by Thomas Burr and his family during the c. 1840s.

Port Arthur Volunteer Experience

A few students within ArchSoc got the opportunity to go to Port Arthur, Tasmania to complete laboratory work. This included the processing of artefacts that were excavated in the 2010 field season.


Mitchell Cottage, Bald Hills

Throughout History month, Archaeology students from ArchSoc completed excavation at Mitchell Cottage, Bald Hills. This site was once the home of a very large 1800s cottage and the excavation looked into the early life of Adelaide within the Yankalilla community.

While excavation is no longer ongoing, there is still cataloguing and report writing to complete, so look out on this page to see any volunteer opportunities!

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