2007 a year for celebration at Port Arthur

March 13, 2007

13/03/2007

Significant anniversaries for the Port Arthur Historic Site are being celebrated in 2007.

It is 30 years since the first archaeological research project was carried out on the site and this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.

The historic site is now considered to be Australia’s foremost ‘archaeological park’, where archaeological activities are actively coordinated and shared with the public.

“Archaeology is a fundamental element of Port Arthur’s approach to managing the cultural heritage value of the site.”

Over the past 30 years, archaeological investigation has been undertaken for research and site management as well as for public presentation and education.

It has also provided training for hundreds of volunteers, many of whom have gone on to successful and influential careers in areas of cultural heritage management both in Australia and overseas.

A range of celebratory events and activities is planned to mark the anniversary including an on-site display focussing on past projects and participants, signage at sites of previous excavations, public talks, conference presentations and activities arranged to coincide with National Archaeology Week in May.

A small range of printed bookmarks and postcards is being produced and will be available at the on-site gift shop.

The site of the 2007 Summer Archaeology program on Settlement Hill, overlooking Masons Cove

The site of the 2007 Summer Archaeology program on Settlement Hill, overlooking Masons Cove

 

Assistant Archaeologist Richard Tuffin gets some help from a visitor during the 2007 summer dig at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Assistant Archaeologist Richard Tuffin gets some help from a visitor during the 2007 summer dig at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Volunteer Damien Egan sifts for buried artefacts during the dig.

Volunteer Damien Egan sifts for buried artefacts during the dig.