Archaeologists from Flinders University are undertaking a community archaeology research project in Port Adelaide 2009-2012.  The research is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant and is also supported by three industry partners; the Department of Environment and Heritage SA; the South Australian Maritime Museum; and Archaeological and Heritage Management Solutions Pty Ltd.

Archaeology in Port Adelaide?

Over the past 170 years ground surfaces in Port Adelaide have been built up to counteract flooding.  This has buried the remains of nineteenth century buildings and artefacts below the present street level. This buried nineteenth century landscape is unique in South Australia, and has potential to reveal important information about colonial life in South Australia’s principal port.

International Profile

Few details are presently known about this archaeological heritage, however the small amount of work already completed has contributed to national and international research and has been published in national and international archaeology journals and books.

What is community archaeology?

Port Adelaide Community Archaeology recognises the interest of the wider community in the history and heritage of Port Adelaide.  It aims to provide opportunities for people to learn about and become involved in Port Adelaide’s archaeology.

Archaeologists from Flinders University hope to excavate several sites in Port Adelaide between 2010 and 2011.  It is intended that these excavations will include tours and provide opportunities for the community to participate in archaeological activities.

Interested? Please contact us.

If you are interested in learning more about Port Adelaide Community Archaeology  please contact Adam Paterson, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University.

Adam Paterson, PhD Candidate is the principal researcher for the Port Adelaide Community Archaeology Project.  He is based at Flinders University and spends several days a week in Port Adelaide, working from the office of the South Australian Maritime Museum.  Adam’s research will examine how public involvement in historical archaeology can contribute to cultural heritage management.

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