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National Archaeology Week

20 - 24 May

Brick By Brick: Pop Up Exhibition

Meet our conservation team at the Accountant’s House, where together you will explore some of the scientific methods used to piece together evidence of convict brickmaking at Port Arthur.

Time/date: Mon 20 May – Fri 24 May, 10am–2pm
Location: Accountant’s House
Cost: This is a free exhibition for all valid Port Arthur ticket holders including Ticket of Leave (2 year pass) holders.  No bookings are required.

Ask an Archaeologist

Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask an actual archaeologist?? Now is your chance.
Drop-in to the Accountant’s House and chat with our very own archaeologist to find the answer to your questions and more!

Time/date: Mon 20, Thurs 23 & Friday 24 May, 10am – 2pm
Location: Accountant’s House
Cost: This is a free event for all valid Port Arthur ticket holders including Ticket of Leave (2 year pass) holders.  No bookings are required.

Lost & Found: Preliminary results of an archaeological excavation of the Port Arthur convict workshops

Labour was at the heart of convict Australia. It defined the lives of all sentenced men, women and children, much more so than the episodes of brutality and inhumanity which capture our imagination today. Through historical and archaeological methodologies, their lives can be reconstructed to help us learn more about this period of history.

Join Richard Tuffin and Sylvana Szydzik as they discuss their investigation of Port Arthur’s workshops, where prisoners had once been employed in an array of skilled trades: shoemaking, tailoring, carpentry, wheelwrighting, sawmilling, blacksmithing and foundry work. Richard and Sylvana will share their methodology and the preliminary results of their work, as well as reflect on the highs and lows of archaeological excavation.

Time/date: Thu 23 May, 3:30–4:30pm
Location: Asylum/Town Hall
Cost: This is a free presentation for all valid Port Arthur ticket holders including Ticket of Leave (2 year pass) holders.  No bookings are required.