Hear about archaeology in the subantarctic at the next Port Arthur Talk

September 3, 2007


PAHSMA staff member Sarah Quine recently participated in a French expedition to the subantarctic Kerguelen Islands. She will discuss the project at the next Port Arthur Talk, entitled ‘An international archaeological mission in the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Islands, 2007’

The Kerguelen Islands are a group of islands in the sub-Antarctic region of the Indian Ocean and part of the French territory. Last year, archaeologist, Sarah Quine took leave to fill a contract role working for the French government organisation TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises) as the Anglophone archaeologist on a dig on the island of Kerguelen.
The principal site subject to archaeological investigation was the Baie de l’Observatoire which demonstrates successive human occupation since the initial English settlement in 1874 observing the periodic phenomenon of the passage of Venus infront of the sun.

The experience was a fantastic opportunity for Sarah to work as part of a multi national team of specialists interested in a colonial site that evolved from the trans-continental voyages of three countries, Britain, Germany and France. She will provide a visual insight into her experiences on the island.

As an Australian terrestrial archaeologist, Masters maritime archaeology student and curator, Sarah currently works at Port Arthur Historic Site as Curatorial Assistant.

The talk, presented as part of the Port Arthur Historic Site’s ongoing series of talks on history and heritage-related topics, is free and all are welcome to attend.

The venue is the Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room at the Port Arthur Historic Site, on Wednesday 19 September, 2007. The talk will commence at 5.30pm.

For more information, please call 6251 2324 or 6251 2300