NSW: Archaeology of the former Steele Military Barracks


Event Details


The former Steele Barracks at Moorebank was decommissioned in 2014 and the European and Aboriginal archaeological remains recovered during the archaeological excavations represented a rare and endangered resource within New South Wales.

The European archaeological excavations have yielded information which has contributed to an understanding of World War I (WWI) military training field camps, in particular isolation camps. It contributes to the understanding of the response of the Australian military forces in the development of home facilities to the changes in warfare from the late 1800’s until the mid-21st century.

The principal objective of the Aboriginal archaeological excavations was to obtain further information on occupational patterns, raw material procurement and use of local material for artefact production within Moorebank. A total of 799 artefacts were recovered during the excavations and OSL dating has provided perhaps one of the oldest dates in the area for Aboriginal occupation.

The running order for the day will be as follows.

  • Lian Flannery (Consultant Archaeologist) –  Welcome and introduction (5 minutes)
  • James Cole (Archaeologist) and Mathew Smith (Field archaeologist)  – Presenting on the Aboriginal archaeological excavations. (15 minutes)
  • Alexander Beben (Principal Archaeologist) – Presentation on the European archaeological excavations. (15 minutes)
  • Lian Flannery – Presentation of the artefacts recovered during the European historical excavations. (15 minutes)
  • Questions.

When:  Wednesday 23 May, 11am to 12.30pm

Where: Liverpool Regional Museum, cnr Hume Highway & Congressional Drive Liverpool

Bookings: http://mylibrary.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/whats-on-heritage