It’s all over…nearly

With much sniffling and through misted eyes I can announce that the Port Arthur Convict Workshops Archaeological Excavation (TM) is drawing to a close. Actually, I lie. There are no tears on my part (I cannot speak for Sylvana). I, for one, am quite pleased that it is...

In the final stages…

I know, I know, it’s been a while since our last update (bar some crowing about recent media appearances). That’s because we’ve been busy. Obviously. Stop asking. We’re busy because we’re in the final stages – the death throes...

Clay, coal and conundrums

Oh my goodness! Another month has gone by! And what do we have to show for it? Well, there’s a fresh mound of excavated dirt on the spoil heap and a pile of artefacts sitting in the lab. More of the foundry has been pared away in our relentless destructive...

We found an anvil…

So, as we kick off National Archaeology Week, we’d like to share with you one of the more interesting finds so far. As the title is a bit of a giveaway, I’ll cut straight to the chase. No teasing. We found an anvil. You don’t get more blacksmithery...

Down down, deeper and down

We’re well and truly getting into it now. For the last few weeks attention has turned to the western portion of the site, where a layer of clay and some patches of burning indicated that we were getting close to (or indeed on) deposits associated with the...

New talk – some history ASMR

For those who cannot get enough of all things convict, join me, your intrepid and devastatingly witty host, on a tour through Van Diemen’s Land. Marvel at the probation system. Gasp at what remains. Cry at what has been lost. Soundcloud link for a talk given 1...