Archaeology students ready for field school at Peninsula Farm

Like many historic sites, Peninsula Farm at Wu-rut Woorat has changed over time as buildings were added and demolished. Archaeology is one way we can build a better understanding of these changes.

The National Trust is excited to once again be hosting an archaeology field school on the grounds of Peninsula Farm. Staff and students from the University of Western Australia will be on site from 18 to 24 April to get some hands-on archaeology experience.

Overlooking Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River) Peninsula Farm is thought to be the earliest colonial residence still standing in the Perth metropolitan area. The National Trust is working to learn more about this important place and make it more accessible to the community, while protecting its heritage values.

Building on the findings from last year’s field school, students will focus on excavating the remaining deposit in the nineteenth-century well. One of this year’s UWA Honours students will be analysing the findings, which will help us learn more about how the site has been used over time.

They will also excavate two areas near the house where a strong Ground Probing Radar signal was confirmed during the 2021 field school.

The field school will be run by UWA Professor Ben Smith with a team of fourteen 3rd year archaeology students, who will be on site daily from 8.00 to 4.30 pm.

On Saturday 23 April students will hold a public day and be available to talk about their findings and show items that have been discovered during excavations.

Visit Peninsula Farm

Peninsula Farm tells many stories – of connection to Country and family, of changes to land use over time and of the constancy of the Derbal Yerrigan. Book now to explore the house and wander the grounds to enjoy the beautiful views of the riverscape and imagine what life was like in and before the days of the Swan River Colony.

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