Author: Alison Frappell

Colonial Gastronomy, 5 Aug 2018

On Sunday 5 August 2018 Sydney Living Museums will be running a special 3 hour interactive program at both Susannah Place Museum and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, looking at what was on early colonists’ tables and in their shops. The program…

The Big Dig Weekend, 25-27 May 2018

This year The Big Dig Archaeology Weekend was run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May, as part of National Archaeology Week. This program is part of our ongoing site maintenance and conservation work. Sydney Harbour YHA guests looking down the northern void over the…

The Big Dig Archaeology Weekend, May 2019

The Big Dig Archaeology Weekend 2019 will be held over the final weekend of National Archaeology Week 2019. Applications will open in March 2019. Please email thebigdig@yha.com.au if you would like to be kept updated.

SHAP Workshop: 18 May 2018

Sydney Historical Archaeology Practitioners’ (SHAP) Workshop Friday 18 May 2018 The Role of Archaeology in Heritage Conservation In this one-day workshop, historical archaeologists, students and anyone interested in the discipline will come together to share ideas, recent projects, technology and developments for historical…

ASHA Workshop: 20 Apr 2018

ASHA Workshop on Technical & Research Skills Friday 20th April 2018 The Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) is planning a series of workshops to enhance skills in key areas, as identified by ASHA members. The first workshop is aimed at refining practitioners’…

Cribbs Lane conservation work, 9-13 November 2017

As part of our ongoing conservation of The Big Dig site, the paving stones of Cribbs Lane have been painstakingly repointed with a lime mortar mix. Over the weekend the lane had to be kept damp, under hessian, to give the mortar time…

Historical Archaeology of Argentina, 1 Dec 2017

Dr Daniel Schávelzon, Director, Centre for Urban Archaeology Argentina, and Patricia Frazzi, Specialist in the Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Heritage, will be giving a presentation about their work discovering, preserving and sharing the Historical Archaeology of Buenos Aires and Argentina. Their talk…

Sydney Open, 5 Nov 2017

Sydney Harbour YHA & The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre will be participating in Sydney Open 2017 on Sunday 5 November 2017.   This is an exciting opportunity for the public to visit us. We will be offering tours of the Hostel, The Big…

Refreshed artefact cases at The Big Dig

Our Cribbs Lane artefact display cases have had some handsome new perspex stands installed to better display a small selection of artefacts from the site. They’re now at a lower height to make it a little easier for our younger students to see…

Archaeobotany for Consultant Archaeologists, 21 September 2017

The next AACAI Wine, Cheese and a Chat evening is scheduled for Thursday 21 September 2017 at 6.00pm.  Dr Andy Fairbain (University of Queensland) and Dr Emilie Dotte-Sarout (Australian National University) will be talking about ‘Archaeobotany for Consultant Archaeologists’, involving sampling for C14, pollen,…