A Little bit of Field Methods History

Beaumont House: Going Back in Time

My directed study is to go through the Beaumont House collection in the archaeology lab. This is from one of the first field method excavations in 1992/1993 conducted under Susan Lawrence. Beaumont House is located on Glynburn Road, Beaumont. The house was built in 1849 and was a residence for various people over time. It is now owned by the National Trust and is their State Office.

The aim of this study is to summarise the collection in photographic and written form, assess the significance of the collection and make recommendations for any artefacts that could be kept as teaching material. In the lab there is one box of site documentation, including detailed site reports, and one box of photo negatives. There are also three boxes in the lab that contain artefacts. Although I have only had a brief look through them, there does not appear to be anything particularly special. There is mostly building materials, such as brick and slate, and a large amount of soil samples. There are also numerous glass fragments, and some pieces are diagnostic. There is an interesting ink bottle, however it is unfortunately quite broken. There are also ceramic sherds, the larger fragments being plain while some of the smaller pieces have patterns.

From looking through the site reports and the fact that the ceramic and glass seemed to have been broken before it was placed in the area that was excavated by Flinders University, it is possible that these artefacts are from a rubbish deposit from Beaumont House. The next phase of my study will include cleaning some of the artefacts, such as the ceramic and glass fragments, and then taking photographs of the collection.

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One response to “A Little bit of Field Methods History

  1. Hi
    I took part in this excavation, if you have any questions. It was my first go at field methods. My flinders email address still works. Susan Piddock