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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Australia - South Australia - Conservation Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2016-04-11
End Date 2016-04-17

Archaeology Field School Location

Baker's Flat, Kapunda, South Australia

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Non-Flinders University Australian Participants (domestic short course participants)
a. AUD$1750 tuition fee (inclusive of GST).
b. There may be a separate cost to cover your accommodation. Precise details to be advised.

Overseas Participants (international short course participants)
a. AUD$3000 tuition fee (inclusive of GST).
b. There may be a separate cost to cover your accommodation. Precise details to be advised

Archaeology Field School Description

This field school will involve the excavation of a nineteenth century cottage located within an Irish community. To date, little archaeological work has been done in Australia specifically on Irish communities, or on the Irish in rural areas. ARCH8802 will provide a chance to look at rural Irish migrants in a rural colonial environment, and develop a better understanding of Irish domestic dwellings and artefacts, post-migration domestic practices in an early settler society, and the diversity of adaptations to new colonial environments.

For the Kapunda community and South Australians of Irish descent, this research will redress an imbalance about local knowledge, contributing to a more integrated story of Kapunda, and enabling the reconnection of descendant families to their shared stories, using tangible archaeological evidence.

Baker’s Flat is located 75km north of Adelaide, and one kilometre south of Kapunda, in the mid-north of South Australia. It was settled in 1854, when many Irish families came to work at the nearby Kapunda copper mine, and chose to live rent-free on the Baker’s Flat land. The settlement persisted until at least the 1920s, but ,although hundreds of Irish people lived there, there is little documented about the community in local or regional histories. If mentioned at all, the narrative tends to be a stereotypical one based on the widespread perception of the Irish as drunk, lazy and lacking in useful skills (O’Farrell 2000:7-8, 17-18), or even, as David McLaren, manager of the South Australian Company, considered, ‘little removed from the mere animal’ (South Australian Register 1848:3). The Baker’s Flat site provides an opportunity to explore the archaeological signature of a migrant Irish community, answer questions about Irish social identity, and redress the absence of the Irish from the South Australian story.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

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Directors and Instructors

Assoc Prof Heather Burke
Susan Arthure

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This topic will help students to develop their knowledge of fundamental archaeological field methods. Specifically, this topic will involve learning about:
•The process and methods of hand excavation;
•Archaeological research design, sampling and the ethics of excavation;
•The context system of excavation and the Harris Matrix;
•Recording excavation and other archaeological data;
•Artefact analysis and archaeological photography;
•Drawing sections, plans and artefacts;
•Sorting, sieving and cleaning artefacts

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Assoc. Prof. Heather Burke

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