Triabunna Barracks

Triabunna Barracks 2019

Triabunna Barracks, Tasmania

Archaeological Field School


6 units undergraduate or postgraduate

12 unit postgraduate option

The course is open to non ANU students enrolled in an Australian university.

The Field School

  • Join the Search for the 51st Regiment: The heroes of Waterloo who were sent to police the penal colony of Maria Island. For the first time, archaeologists have been granted access to excavate the site that was their military barracks between 1844 and 1851.
  • Geophysical Survey: Locate the remains of the 19th century buildings.
  • Archaeological Structure Recording: Understand the construction techniques used in the buildings.
  • Archaeological Excavation: Investigate the military occupation and life on the early east coast.
  • Study the Class system in military society: Examine changes in material culture at the convict period.
  • Engage the local community in archaeological research.
  • Historical Research: Tell the stories of the soldiers and the convicts of the east coast. Discover how the class society was transported to Van Dieman's Land.

Course Fees

Additional Student Fee $1300* includes trips to Port Arthur, Maria Island, travel, camping, food. (Excludes Course/HECS/HELP fees.)

Information sessions

Information sessions on the field school will be held on:

Thursday 4th October at 1pm 

Location: Seminar Room 2 - Room 236, Banks Building (#44), 44 Linnaeus Way, ANU

School of Archaeology & Anthropology

Personal Equipment

Please bring a 1 or 2-person waterproof tent, sleeping bag, inflatable mattress or sleeping mat, torch, walking/working boots, digging/working clothes, gardening gloves, evening clothes, water proofs, sun cream, water bottle, as well as some money for personal expenses.

ANU will provide all tools and equipment although if you already have your own trowel then you are welcome to bring it. It needs to be a 4” (10cm) drop forged pointing trowel – either WHS/Spear & Jackson or Marshalltown are fine. These are bricklayers' trowels not gardening trowels. Gardening trowels are useless. Trowels larger than 4” are useless.

You may also wish to bring your own personal first aid kit, notebook, pens/pencils, rubbers, etc.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and ANU will provide breakfast cereals in the mornings, sandwiches, crisps and fruit at lunch as well as your evening meal. Most evening meals are catered and some will be self-catering (mainly barbecues).

All students will take turns in food preparation/ cooking, cleaning the kitchen, showers, campsite and toilets.

Course Enrolment

ANU undergraduates must be enrolled on ARCH2055 Summer Session “Triabunna Barracks”.

ANU postgraduates must be enrolled on an appropriate ARCH code course as agreed with the Project Director.


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