Historical research

In identifying the historical importance of an archaeological site, historical research is a mandatory ‘first stop’ in appreciating what has occured previously in space and time. This research additionally seeks to identify the type and locations of historic structures and features in order to better predict what might lie beneath a landscape prior to its re-development.

Our historians are therefore very familiar with all potential archival repositories in Tasmania and major facilities on the mainland and rapidly collate the information required to establish the type, intensity and significance of an archaeological resource. They have additional expertise in researching ethnographic literature for the purposes of identifying occupation related activities prior to European settlement of Australia. In the event of a site exhibiting links to the Aboriginal community, we have the resources to undertake relevant ethnographic research in accordance with the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975.