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Convict artifacts found at Port Arthur prison

Gambling tokens, buttons and carved clay pipes have been uncovered at Port Arthur prison in Tasmania. In the 1860s a second period of development saw toilets and washing areas erected for the prison population. One of the most curious aspects of the site was the advanced nature of the facilities. "There is a

19th-century game pieces found at Tasmanian penitentiary

Ceramic and lead game tokens have been unearthed during excavations at the 19th-century penitentiary building at the Port Arthur Historical Site in Tasmania. Although we have only just finished excavating the topsoil, we have already found some very interesting artefacts. The highlight would have to be a number of gaming tokens.

19th century gallows found on Tasmania

Archaeology students working in Oatlands, Tasmania, discovered gallows which date back to the 19th century. The 2m wide oblong of stone-block foundation marks the place where, on January 31, 1860, John Vigors was executed for "shooting at one John Baker with intent to kill and murder him". But the length of the

Tasmanian fossils identified for first time

The fossilized remains of a tusked, wombat-like creature found in Tasmania have been identified for the first time as a dicynodont. The dicynodont, similar to a mammal, lived about 250 million years ago, predating dinosaurs. The University of Tasmania unveiled the fossils and images yesterday for the first time, five years after

Tasmanian convict artifacts found in Hobart

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

Bridge to be built over aboriginal archaeological site

The Tasmanian government has announced plans to build a bridge over an ancient aboriginal archaeological site. The Tasmanian Government has approved the proposal to build a bridge over the Jordan River levee site to continue the construction of the Brighton Bypass, sparking protest action by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Mr

British penal settlement excavated in Tasmania

Archaeologists have been excavating the notorious British penal settlement of Sarah Island, on Tasmania's remote west coast. Hemmed in by impenetrable wilderness, it housed the colony's hardest criminals, including the notorious cannibal Alexander Pearce. A team of ten archaeologists recently finished a three week dig on the island. Parks and

The oldest evidence of human habitation in the southern hemisphere

Analysis has confirmed that an Aboriginal site in Tasmania contains the oldest evidence of human habitation in the southern hemiphere. About 3 million Indigenous artefacts were discovered at the Jordan River levee north of Hobart. The State Government commissioned archaeologists to examine the site after the Aboriginal community raised concerns