‘Thrust into the cells beneath’

November 21, 2011

Recent archaeological excavations and discoveries at the Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart will be the subject of the next Port Arthur Talk, this Wednesday, presented by Brian Rieusset, Dr David Roe, and Annita Waghorn.

In 2011, the discovery of 19th century artefacts below the rotting floor boards of a cell at the Penitentiary Chapel in Hobart led to a collaborative archaeological research project involving PAHSMA, the National Trust and the University of Sydney.

The excavations not only revealed a surprising number and variety of artefacts and considerable quantities of bone, but also demonstrated a previously unknown phase of construction at this important site.

The talk will present some of the preliminary findings of the excavation project and discuss their importance. Some of the artefacts recovered will be on display.

Brian Rieusset is the Property Manager, Curator and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site in Hobart. Brian has been involved with the Historic Site since the 1950s when it was still operating as the Campbell Street Gaol.

Dr David Roe is Archaeology Manager with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. He has been involved with archaeological management and research in the UK, Portugal, Russia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Pitcairn Island and Australia.

Annita Waghorn is the Conservation Project Officer with special responsibility for archaeology with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. Annita has over twenty years experience in cultural heritage management in Australia and the U.S and has directed excavations on several convict‐era archaeological features at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Wednesday 23 November, 2011 at 5.30pm
Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site
For more information call +61 (0)3 6251 2324