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!

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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.”

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Port Arthur Volunteer Experience

Posted on behalf of Natalie Bittner


So, to celebrate the start of the Uni semester, we are now opening the floodgates to all members of the Flinders Archaeological Society to apply to attend a fieldtrip to PORT ARTHUR, Tasmania from the 8th to the 15th of April. The only forseeable cost to members is the cost of the return flight to Hobart, food and accommodation will be provided. We have six spaces for members of the Flinders Archaeological Society to be part of lab work in Port Arthur. This will involve processing artefacts excavated in the 2010 field season.

Some of you may be aware that as of this year, the Port Arthur Historic Site management authority have CEASED RUNNING the annual field school. This means that as of 2012, Flinders archaeology students will be the ONLY students permitted to work onsite. If you would like to be part of this fieldtrip, write a short paragraph about who you are, any previous field experience (if you have no previous experience APPLY ANYWAY! We all have to start somewhere!) and why you would like to come with us, and send it to

Remember- we can only take MEMBERS, so get onto that ASAP. For logistics (and to keep the costs down to those accepted!) we will be confirming attendees very soon. Applications will close on the 12th of March, so ensure your membership is up-to-date (Earlybird memberships are $10 this week!) and email me! Look forward to hearing from all of you-

Natalie Bittner 😀