We are very excited about the upcoming Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) conference that we are co-sponsoring this week.
The conference will be held from Thursday 24th – Sat 26th September at the National Wool Museum, Geelong. There will be a stimulating range of papers on topics including digital archaeology, conflict archaeology in the Pacific, rural homesteads, maritime archaeology and the urban archaeology of Melbourne.
This includes a fascinating paper by Dr Meredith Filihia from our team on the results of our excavations of the Stork Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD. See her abstract below.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS AT THE FORMER STORK HOTEL
In 2013, test archaeological excavations were conducted at three adjoining Heritage Inventory sites at the corner of Elizabeth and Therry Streets in the Melbourne CBD, one of which was the site of the former Stork Hotel. The Stork, opened in 1855, was an example of a gold rush era hotel that operated continuously until its closure in 2007. Historical research identified a succession of industries at the sites adjacent to the hotel. This paper will outline the historical background including site usage, detail features and finds and what the investigations revealed regarding industries and land modification in early Melbourne.
Meredith is speaking on Friday 25th September, 1:30 – 3:30pm.
Details of the conference and the programme can be found at: