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Bronwyn Woff

Excavations have recently concluded at Triabunna, which is situated on Tasmania's east coast near Maria Island. The excavations were carried out as part of a joint ANU and University of Sydney field school. Students participated in the excavations around what are believed to be military barracks.

For more information, please see the following:
https://www.facebook.com/TriabunnaBarracks.Dig/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-18/triabunna-archaeological-dig-unearthing-untold-stories/8191066

A four-part radio series was produced by ABC Hobart centering on Triabunna and the excavations findings:
https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/digging-up-triabunnas-past-part-1
https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/digging-up-triabunnas-past-part-2
https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/learning-in-a-trench-in-triabunna
https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/what-1800s-children-learned-over-breakfast

Sarah Hayes

Absinthe Bottles and Prostitution in Early Colonial Melbourne

This absinthe bottle is one of 10 recovered from a rubbish pit associated with Mrs Bond’s grocer in Melbourne’s notorious Little Lon district. Absinthe, or the green fairy, was a hallucinogenic alcoholic drink available from the 18th century but reaching new heights of popularity in bohemian Paris in the late-19th century; coinciding nicely with the timing of Mrs Bond’s grocery. But was it a grocery? The absinthe bottles, along with French champagne bottles and 300 oyster shells, have led us to reinterpret the use of this site. Mrs Bond had been operating brothels in Little Lon for years and the historical documents gave the impression she had given it all up to run a respectable grocery business. The artefacts tell a different story. It seems her grocery was actually a cover for a high class brothel.

Sarah's professional facebook page, where this information was originally posted, can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/SarahHResearch/?fref=ts

(Photos by Bronwyn Woff)

Originally posted by Elizabeth Foley

Registration is still open for the Victorian Archaeology Colloquium, to be held at La Trobe University on Friday 3 February 2017. Registration is inclusive of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Please register via https://latrobe.onestopsecure.com/onestopweb/LTUEv/createbooking?e=ASSC_EV49

Program
8:30 Registration
9:00-9:30 Welcome to Country
9:30-10:00 Introduction
10:00-11:00 Session 1: Approaches: Methods and objectives
11:00-11:30 Morning tea
11:30-12:30 Session 2: Site-specific investigations
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Session 3: Regional Victoria
2:30-3:00 Afternoon tea
3:00-4:00 Session 4: Living on the edge: detection, recording and meaning of Aboriginal archaeological sites in Victoria
4:00-4:30 Conclusion

Original post by Emmy Frost

Applications are now open for the Victorian Archaeology Colloquium.

The annual Colloquium will be held on 3 February 2017 at the Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Traditional Owners residing over 100 km away are eligible to apply for a travel bursary to attend. Colloquium registerations are available on the following link:

https://latrobe.onestopsecure.com/onestopweb/LTUEv/createbooking?e=ASSC_EV49

A Pre-colloquium workshop is also available, which will provide participants with basic information for identifing and describing common stone types. To register for the pre-colloquium workshop, please proceed to

https://latrobe.onestopsecure.com/onestopweb/LTUEv/createbooking?e=ASSC_EV50

Originally shared by Iain Stuart

Australia ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO Australia, NSW Chapter AIA SYDNEY TALK SERIES


Time & Date: Thursday 12th January, 2017 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Members $10, non-members $15 payable at GML

Venue: GML Heritage Level 6, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010
Please report to the reception desk on the Australia Council Ground Floor on arrival to be ticked off on the list and to obtain a Visitors Pass

RSVP: by Wednesday 11th January 2016 via email to janev@gml.com.au.

 Stephen Hughes is Secretary-general of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH - 2012 to present) and has been Vice-President of ICOMOS-UK since 2011. In 1996 he wrote the first of the ICOMOS/TICCIH World Heritage Studies (on canals) which has facilitated the inscription of a series of World Heritage studies internationally including one he subsequently wrote on Colliery Monuments (2003). He has written, edited or co-authored several books including the World Heritage nomination document for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (2008); a book on a designer of Italianate Workers’ Chapels in mining settlements - Thomas Thomas (2006). The Archaeology of the Welsh Uplands (2003); Copperopolis: Landscapes at the international centre of Copper-smelting in Swansea (2000); books on the Engineering and Architecture of Collieries (1996) and of Lighthouses in Wales (1994); The Archaeology of an Early Railways (1990) and A Guide and Study in Waterways Archaeology (1988). He has organised international partnerships on mining regeneration and the production of interpretative animations (cartoons) of the industrial heritage. Stephen was Projects Director for the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, U.K., until 2015.

 

TICCIH (The International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) has been informally advising the ICOMOS World Heritage Centre on the Industrial Heritage since 2000. In 1996 TICCIH & ICOMOS jointly published the first of 20 Thematic Studies for the World Heritage Convention on Canals, which can all be found on the ICOMOS website. In November 2011 ‘The Dublin Principles’: Joint ICOMOS-TICCIH Principles for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage Sites, Structures, Areas and Landscapes were adopted by the ICOMOS General Assembly in Paris. A new MOU between TICCIH & ICOMOS was signed in Florence in 2014, and action is underway.

Original post by Annie Muir

Members may be interested to hear of a new partnership between Heritage Victoria and Google Cultural Institute. This partnership provides a new way for HV to share their collections with people across the world, via a free online platform.

For more information, please follow the link below.

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/heritage-victoria

Tour group exploring the History and Technology Store
Tour group exploring the History and Technology Store
Catherine Tucker,  Andrea Murphy and Bronwyn Woff

On Thursday 8 December 2016 members of ASHA and other non-member historic archaeologists and historians attended a guided tour of Museums Victoria’s storage facility in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, organised by ASHA committee members Bronwyn Woff and Catherine Tucker.

The storage facility provides tailored storage areas for objects when they are not on display at Museums Victoria’s three campuses at Melbourne Museum (Carlton), the Immigration Museum (CBD) and Scienceworks (Spotswood).

Mr Veegan McMasters (Senior Coordinator, Collections Storage and Logistics, Strategic Collection Management Department) showed us some of the 17 million objects housed by Museums Victoria – an extraordinary array of objects including everything from taxidermy animals, machinery, clothing and textiles, aeroplanes, to barbed wire and fencing equipment, handbags, signage, tools and household equipment through the ages. Veegan also explained the location system used by organisation, by which every object is barcoded and the location recorded on a live location system.

Artefacts excavated from the Commonwealth Block - land bounded by Lonsdale, Little Lonsdale, Spring and Exhibition Streets, and owned by the Commonwealth Government since 1948 - in Melbourne's CBD is also housed at this facility. The collection consists of artefacts from various excavations from 1988 to the present, and holds the largest nineteenth century urban historical archaeology collection in the world.

Research Assistant Bronwyn Woff explaining the Historical Archaeology Collection
Research Assistant Bronwyn Woff explaining the Historical Archaeology Collection

The resource is incredible and is certainly something that archaeologists from around Australia could consult. If anyone is interested in accessing the collection, images of some of the artefacts are found on Museums Victoria's “Collections Online” website. The search is easy to use, and you can filter by Collecting Area eg: Historical Archaeology, or search all of the Museums collections. For in-person viewing of the collection, access may be able to be organised through the Discovery centre. Links for these two sites can be found below:

Original post by CHNT Conference Organisers

The 22nd International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 2017) will take place at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 8-10 November 2017.

The main topic of this year:Urban Archaeology and Integration – Combining archaeology, history, and new technologies.

The aim of this conference is to enhance the collaboration between historians and archaeologists and related disciplines using new technologies and to showcase best practice applications in multidisciplinary research. The conference organizers invite sessions dealing with one of the following topics or a combination thereof:

Application of effective 3D-methods for the reconstruction of buildings, integrating archaeological excavation data with historical sources including images, thus increasing our understanding of the past

Additional digital methods for the combined visualisation of archaeological and historical data (e.g. monitoring changes and preservation of archaeological monuments based on historical images)

Application of new technologies to assess the archaeological record based on historical data (maps, tax returns, inventories, ship wreck lists, etc.) and/or combining historical sources and archaeological data in a geographical information system for recording the history of urban or rural landscapes

Games, apps, and teaching software integrating archaeological and historical knowledge

Historical data as a basis for checking or validating digital tools applied in archaeology and vice versa

Dealing with inscriptions (including cuneiform, hieroglyphs and symbols): digital methods for enhancing readability (e.g. Reflectance Transformation Imaging), pattern recognition of letters or pictograms, comparison of hand writing (same author?)

Statistical analysis investigating the correlation between historical place names and archaeological evidence


Submissions of Proposals for Sessions, Round Tables and Advanced Archaeological Trainings are due by 30 January 2017. For information on how to submit a proposal, visit the call for sessionswebpage.

Original post by Mary Casey

Members may be interested to note that membership applications for the Australian Capital Territory's Heritage Council are now open. For more information please follow the link below:

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/about-us/act_heritage_council/expressions-of-interest-for-membership

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Following the 2016 ASHA conference in New Zealand, a new committee has been elected. ASHA wishes to thank the outgoing committee for their dedication, and welcomes new members to the committee.

For details of committee members and roles, please see the "Committee" page at: http://www.asha.org.au/committee.html