Tag Archives: Excavation

Internship: OzArk EHM, NSW

Hello folks! I’m Kim, a Grad Dip Arch student from near Orange in NSW. I’m enrolled in the ARCH 8514A CHM Internship topic this semester and am completing this through OzArk EHM, a small archaeological / ecological heritage assessment firm based in Dubbo.

My work thus far has involved consultancy report writing and a field survey near Forbes – in fact I’ll be setting out on a survey of mountainous country near Lithgow tomorrow, primarily with a focus on Indigenous rock shelters.
I’m also project managing a test excavation of an Indigenous open site due to take place near my own home sometime in April. So far this has involved making contact with local backhoe / water truck contractors and obtaining quotes for their services.
Late April will see me travelling to the Lithgow area again to work on a survey of significant non-Indigenous industrial archaeological sites.
One of the advantages of this placement at OzArk is the variety of project types available. Thus far I have had the opportunity to survey a site involving scarred trees in inland NSW and, as mentioned above, have (likely) rock shelters, stone tool assemblages, and industrial archaeology coming up. I also have the chance to work closely with our ecologists, thus gaining insights into an aspect of heritage that I have not studied in detail during my archaeological training.

Directed Studies: Mitcham Police Station Artefact Analysis

Hello, my name is Hayley and I’m currently undertaking the Directed Studies in Archaeology topic with Alice Gorman. My project involves analysing the material excavated from the Old Mitcham Police Station on Princes Road, Mitcham, South Australia. Directed by Heather Burke, the excavations were done as part of National Archaeology Week in May 2008 by students and staff of Flinders University. As part of the conditions of the excavation permit, issued by the Department for Environment and Heritage in South Australia, a report is to be made of all excavation results including an artefact analysis and a database consistent with Heritage Victoria’s guidelines. Other outcomes of this project will include an analysis and interpretation of the collection, and recommendations for the preservation and long-term storage of significant artefacts.

Initial impressions of the assemblage were not particularly favourable, but after some time spent bagging and labelling I discovered some of the artefacts appear to be quite interesting and may be used to reveal some of the Police Station’s occupational history. Examples of such artefacts include a pair of old boots, a match box and various types of nails, possibly dating to the building’s construction.

Having been part of the excavation process I am excited to be able to make further contributions to the project. With any luck my analysis of the artefacts will contribute to the story of the Old Mitcham Police Station and in turn the local community.