Archaeologists working on historical sites in Australia have advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages include the fact that the sites are not necessarily very old in terms of human history, and so we don’t find grails, or lost arks, pyramids or mummies. However, a big advantage that we do have is the historical record. The very thing that makes our archaeology less glamorous provides us with the means to explore its stories in depth – to really get to know who lived or worked on the site – both through the official record, and through the objects people left behind. This talk will explore stories from three Victorian archaeological sites through their artefacts and their historical records: the wreck of the Fiji off the coast of southwestern Victoria; and 4-6 Cohen Place and Parliament House in the Melbourne CBD.
Presented by Anne-Louise Muir, Heritage Victoria, in partnership with the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria and National Archaeology Week.
Date and time: 6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 23 May 2019
Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053
For more information:http://aasv.org.au/