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Archaeological Survey of Macquarie Harbour


Students from Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland are visiting the West Coast this week to help add to the knowledge of the penal settlement within Macquarie Harbour.

The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the week-long archaeological survey would build on last year's survey that concentrated on Sarah Island.

"Parks staff from Strahan and archaeologists Mike Nash and Jody Steele will supervise a team of students from Flinders University in a detailed survey of this unique part of the World Heritage Area," Ms O'Byrne said.

The students will this year venture beyond the shores of Sarah Island to record features in the surrounding harbour area, including Grummet Island, Brickmakers Bay and the lime kilns.

"This survey will help place last year's work into a broader penal settlement context, examining how Sarah Island was only one component of a large network of sites that relied heavily on water transport to make use of all the local resources.

"With many of the sites in the outlying harbour, all that we currently have is a sketchy GPS location and a fading set of photographs.

"This trip will allow for detailed scaled plans to be drawn and will identify site locations and extent to provide the opportunity to have the sites surveyed and recorded digitally within the greater landscape."

Ms O'Byrne said the survey will also help staff better manage the historic heritage within the area.

"This year's work will help the Parks and Wildlife Service to assess if any erosion or degradation has occurred on those sites which are frequently battered by the West Coast weather, by directly comparing the detailed plans drawn last year with samples to be redrawn this year."