Artefact cleaning and Coal Mines bird survey

The Green Army Team has been busy helping out with the excavation of the Penitentiary ablutions block. This week they sieved approximately 190 buckets of excavated soil and cleaned around 30 trays worth of artefacts – see photo of a typical tray of spot finds. The little blue ceramic disc is believed to be a convict gaming chip – no one is sure what the game would be yet. The rest is a mixture of clay pipe bits, a button, a bone (possibly sheep) and an assortment of other bits and pieces.

At the Coal Mines the Green Army team, along with local volunteer, has been keeping the site tidy, checking the numbers of visitors and collecting soap aloe (Aloe maculata) to transplant into the gardens at Port Arthur – where hopefully it will thrive (but not spread anywhere else).

This Monday 29 February is our bird survey – it will be the first joint Green Army / Volunteer survey so we’ll probably have a few more pairs of eyes than normal (and a few younger ones too). We are hoping this translates into some extra sightings. If you would like to come along please get in touch (if you haven’t already) and if you can bring binoculars, a bird book and drab clothing so much the better.

Cleaned artefacts from the Penitentiary excavation at Port Arthur

Cleaned artefacts from the Penitentiary excavation at Port Arthur