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Convict Archaeology Field School HTA282


This unit is being delivered as a two-week field school, commencing 18 January 2020 (onsite), concluding 1 February 2020. Please note, this unit does have a quota.

All students will be required to have a current tetanus vaccination (last five years) and be fit enough to engage in fieldwork on remote location.

In addition to the unit tuition fee an additional field school fee of AUD $1,200 will apply.

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Website: Convict Archaeology Field School

Enquiries: / +61 3 6226 2255


Archaeology reveals a unique vision of our convict past. This unit explores the relics of
Tasmanian convicts deposited by those 76,000 men, women and children transported as
British felons over the 19th century. As part of this course, you will participate in an
archaeological dig at Picton Station – an 1830s Tasmanian penal quadrangle located in the
South Midlands.

In addition to gaining practical skills for excavating historic convict sites, you will learn about current field and museum techniques to stabilise, catalogue, and exhibit these artefacts as a unique public heritage resource. Finally, our student group will collectively design and host a public museum exhibition of our project discoveries to share with the Tasmanian community.


Unit name Convict Archaeology Field School
Unit code HTA282
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Professor Eleanor Casella
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and interpret archaeological evidence of the convict experience with reference to systems of punishment and reformation within which the wider Australian convict system operated.
  • Apply key skills and techniques for excavating convict heritage sites, specifically site-based fieldwork, illustration methods, digital recording, and artefact management .
  • Clean, catalogue, store and exhibit historic resources in accordance with international Museum and World Heritage standards.
  • Work in a group to design and host a local exhibition of annual project discoveries for the wider Tasmanian public.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
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AssessmentLog/Workbook (30%)|Exhibition (30%)|Essay (40%)
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