Discover Antarctic archaeology in the next Port Arthur Talk

May 28, 2010

Dr Jody Steele was a member of an expedition that visited Antarctica in the summer of 2009-10 to conserve the huts used by explorer Douglas Mawson.

The Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is located at Cape Denison, George V Land in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The site is host to a suite of historic buildings, structures and artefacts associated with the Australian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 led by Douglas Mawson. Since the mid 1970s conservation teams have been heading south to the icy land in an attempt to preserve this highly significant heritage site.

In the summer of 2009-2010, an expert team returned to the site, with the aim of carrying out further conservation work. This talk will showcase the archaeological component of the expedition and will include tales of blizzards, dining on the Sea Shepherd and the joys of living on the ice for a summer.

Jody Steele has a PhD in Archaeology and for the last five years has been working as the Historic Heritage Consultant for the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania. She is on the Executive Committee of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology as Vice President serves on the Tasmanian Heritage Council’s Archaeological Advisory Panel and on the Wildcare Tasmania Board.

In Dec/Jan 2009/10 Jody was the Expedition Archaeologist for the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. Jody’s main research interest is in the subdiscipline of Public Archaeology and she has spent considerable time during the last 11 years educating the public towards the techniques, exciting and not so exciting finds of archaeological excavations around the country including the Port Arthur Public Archaeology Program 2002-2008.

Jody again works for PAHSMA this time not primarily as an archaeologist but as the new Heritage Programs Manager.

Thursday 15 July 2010 at 5.30 pm in the Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information call 6251 2324