Bremer Mills Industrial

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Location: Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia

Season: June 29, 2020 to July 17, 2020

Session Dates: 29 June -17 July

Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Everick Foundation

Project Director:
Dr. Serena Love

Project Description:

We are running a five day field school for practical training in archaeological methods, including:
Tools for site prediction, including register searches, historic aerials, vegetations and soils mapping, site formation processes, and predictive modelling; survey techniques, including map reading, GPS and dumpy and ground penetrating radar; site grid trench layout; hand excavation, sieving for artefacts; artefact recovery, cataloguing and photography; stratigraphy and section drawing; field recording and drawing; historical context and overall site interpretation.

Day 1: Site prediction, historic aerials, ground penetrating radar (GPR), site survey, and mapping.
Day 2: Designing a testing strategy, laying out a site grid, and excavation principles.
Day 3: Excavation, sieving, artefact analysis, cataloguing, and photography
Day 4: Excavation, recording, artefact analysis, and feature drawing
Day 5: Stratigraphy, section drawing, and overall site interpretation. Significance assessment.

Period(s) of Occupation: 1880+ Unique industrial history of southeast Queensland Bremer Mills Estate has a long history of industrial use from first settlement by Europeans in the 1850s. It has been used at various times for mining, grazing, crop production, as well as being the site of a historic flour mill, sawmill and boiling down works.

A general level of fitness is necessary for archaeological excavations, such as walking short distances, walking up and down steps, kneeling, lifting buckets, and sitting on the ground. Artefact sieving and processing can be done while seated. All activities will occur outdoors, subject to autumn weather, and shade is provided. We will do our best to accommodate all levels of fitness and mobility. Everick Foundation believes in fostering a safe and secure working environment, which operates ethically and with integrity, across all aspects of our work. Everick Foundation has a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, violence and sexual harassment for all interactions between employee, volunteer, customer, or visitor across all of our operations. All participants are expected to adhere to the rules of conduct, as set forth in the Codes of Ethics of the Australian Archaeological Association:

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 5 days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Room not included in cost but will be block booked nearby for all participants to stay together. Lunch and snacks will be provided; breakfast and dinner are extra.

Academic Credit:

Contact Information:

Dr Serena Love

110 Mary Street, Level 9





Phone: (073) 211-4478

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