Rounding Out The 2013 Field Season
The archaeology team recently completed the 2013 field season at Q Station Manly.
Aided by survey documentation made by archaeologist Wendy Thorp
in 1983, the team spent several months recording inscriptions at five sites around the Wharf precinct of Spring Cove. The work involved relocating hundreds of historic inscriptions and thoroughly documenting their current condition. This process involved several different techniques. To begin with we made extensive notes about each of the inscriptions we located. This includes, for example, a description of the inscription’s content, such as names and dates. We also identified how we think the inscription was made, as well as certain stylistic features such as whether the inscription has a border, or includes a motif like a flag. In time this level of detail will allow us to distinguish if there are patterns in the inscription assemblage that tell us more about why they were made and what their makers sought to communicate.
Already we have begun to see that there were certain conventions in the kind of information people chose to convey as well as consistencies in the way that information was composed.Read More @ Sydney University's The Quarantine Project Website