Category Archives: Kapunda

A few words on the art of sieving

Archaeologists use various tools to survey and excavate sites. Some are very expensive and require specialist expertise – see Geophys at dawn for images of us working on Baker’s Flat with some of that particular kit. Some are much cheaper and easier to recognise … Continue reading

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Baker’s Flat: a reenactment

In 1880, the Kapunda Herald gave an account of an incident on Baker’s Flat involving several of the Irish women living there and some unfortunate would-be fencers. It went something like this. Three men – William Grabert, Francis Pinn and Robert Hooper – were employed … Continue reading

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The excavation of Baker’s Flat – a tale of the Trench A dugout

From April through to the beginning of May, I led a trusty band of volunteers in the first excavation at Baker’s Flat. For me, this was an experience that engendered a wide range of emotions. At some stages I was filled with excitement, … Continue reading

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Geophys at dawn

As dawn broke a  few weeks ago, four archaeologists approached Baker’s Flat, near Kapunda. Our mission – to carry out a geophysical survey of part of the site. The picture below shows the first line we recorded.  Kelsey’s starting the ground penetrating radar, and … Continue reading

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In search of a clachan, and Fr Ted’s house

During my wanderings in Co. Clare recently, I was studying a map and saw a reference to a Deserted Village. Well, that was enough to pique my interest, and I determined to try and find it the next day. I worked out my … Continue reading

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