Tasmanian convict artifacts found in Hobart

Published on July 21st, 2011 | by Admin


Over 300 convict-era artifacts have been found underneath the floorboards of Hobart’s historic Penitentiary Chapel in Tasmania.

The discovery at Hobart’s historic Penitentiary Chapel includes coins, clay pipes, home-made wooden gambling tokens, a writing slate and bones.

Archaeologist David Roe says it is particularly exciting because the artefacts are very personal items belonging to the prisoners.

“The gaming tokens for example, we will be looking at the patterns of those compared to the ones from Port Arthur from other sites in Tasmania, from Hyde Park Barracks and hopefully from the UK, which is essentially part of the same system,” he said.

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