Ploughzone archaeology on an Australian historic site: A case study from south Gippsland, Victoria

01st June 2009

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAlasdair Brooks, Hans-Dieter Bader, Susan Lawrence and Jane Lennon

Archaeologists are often confronted with sites featuring post-occupation disturbance. At rural sites, this disturbance often comes in the form of agricultural activity, such as ploughing and grazing. These disturbances can call into question the value of site spatial relationships and broader data integrity. Between 2006 and 2007, archaeologists from La Trobe University and New Zealand-based consultancy firm Geometria carried out a programme of fieldwork at an 1841–1861 cottage in Gippsland, Victoria. The site is now an open grazing paddock that has been ploughed on several occasions in the past. The survey techniques used by the archaeological team, which included geomagnetic survey and artefact surface scatter mapping, allowed for testing the integrity of the ploughed archaeological deposits prior to excavation, and provide a case study for the applicability of ploughzone archaeology techniques to Australian historic sites.

Image caption: The Ben Site, February 2006 (published in Australian Archaeology 68:39).
Alasdair Brooks, Hans-Dieter Bader, Susan Lawrence and Jane Lennon
Ploughzone archaeology on an Australian historic site: A case study from south Gippsland, Victoria
June 2009
68
37-44
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