Directed Studies: Mitcham Police Station Artefact Analysis #3

Some results…

The majority of the artefacts recovered from the 2008 Mitcham Police Station excavation were architectural in nature and represented 50.2% of the total collection. These included various types of nails and tacks. Domestic artefacts comprised 23.4% of the total collection and consisted of animal bone, string and rope, glass shards, numerous matches, a matchbox, newspaper fragments and three glass bottles. Tools/equipment represented 10.7% of the collection and consisted of a wood plane, staples, and washers. Personal artefacts made up 5.7% of the collection and consisted of numerous buttons of various size, shape and colour, bobby pins, a hat/shawl pin and a pair of men’s boots. Miscellaneous items represented 4.5% of the total artefacts collected and consisted of a hinged ring (possibly a curtain ring), scrap metal, a foil bottle top, and wood off-cuts. Unidentified objects represented 3.8% of the collection. These were artefacts which did not appear to fit into any of the set categories. Three coins, representing 0.7% of the collection were placed into the societal/religious category. The recreation and organic categories each comprised 0.5% of the total collection. The recreation category comprised of only two items, a chip from a blue marble and a possible gaming disk or token. Two locks of hair constituted the organic category, one brown and one blonde.

From the artefacts and their distribution throughout the site we can begin to understand the occupation of the Mitcham Police Station. Yet, limited access to underfloor areas for excavation purposes made it difficult to gain a complete understanding of life within the Police Station.

Evidence suggests the presence of women and children within the dwelling. Although there is nothing to indicate the status or class of the occupants, or compare this with the treatment of inmates held in the cells.


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