‘Shop, 3 Rooms and Sheds’: The History and Archaeology of 8 to 12 Divett Street, Port Adelaide

01st June 2002

Ashley Matic

BArch(Hons), Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, October 2000

This thesis considers ways in which historical documentation can be used to challenge and complement archaeologically excavated data in order to provide more information on the history of a site and give a greater insight into the activities of those who occupied it. To do this, this thesis presents the results of archaeological investigations at Lot IO Divett Street, Port Adelaide. It analyses an extensive historical documentary search from the available resources in South Australia and the results of the archaeological excavation carried out on the site in October 1999. Results from the two methods are then compared, first, to identify the areas where they correspond or conflict and, second, to show how the use of both together has given a greater understanding of the history of the site.

This thesis demonstrates that the use of  historical documentation in addition to archaeologically excavated data can provide more information on the history of a site, and give a greater insight into the activities of those who occupied it, than the use of either of the methods independently. It also considers whether the Divett Street site could provide the basis of a broader archaeological study of the Port Adelaide district.

 

Ashley Matic
‘Shop, 3 Rooms and Sheds’: The History and Archaeology of 8 to 12 Divett Street, Port Adelaide
June 2002
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