Recent Projects

 

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) propose to construct a new accommodation building at Victoria Barracks Sydney. Mountains Heritage was engaged by DHA to direct and supervise an archaeological test excavation with Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd to determine the absence or presence of historical archaeological remains. The investigation revealed structural remains of the 1840s stables and privies and initial advice has been provided to DHA. The results of the test excavation are currently being detailed in an Excavation Report.

Responsibilities included: the preparation of an Archaeological Research Design; the supervision and direction of a small team of archaeologists to ensure all State and Nationally significant archaeological deposits and features were exposed and recorded; and provision of advice to DHA on future management and conservation requirements.

      

The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba is in the process of constructing a new car park and restaurant. Mountains Heritage was engaged by the hotel to monitor excavation within the car park area to determine the absence or presence of historical archaeological remains. The investigation revealed structural remains of 1890s houses. The results of the monitoring are currently being detailed in an Excavation Report.

Responsibilities included: archaeological monitoring to ensure significant archaeological deposits and features were exposed and recorded prior to their removal; and preparation of an Excavation Report documenting the results of the investigation.

  

 

Abbotsford Group wish to subdivide a large rural allotment in Picton that includes a State Heritage Listed heritage complex known as ‘Abbotsford’. The homestead was constructed in the 1820s but was partially destroyed by fire in the 1980s. Despite its ruinous state, the complex has considerable archaeological research potential.

Mountains Heritage was engaged by Abbotsford Group to prepare an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) to support a Development Application for subdivision of the property. The AMP involved the analysis of historical records, detailed archaeological survey, predictive modelling and preparation of an Archaeological Zoning Plan. Preparation of the AMP has confirmed that the subdivision will significantly increase the current heritage curtilage of Abbotsford and conserve significant historical archaeology within a single allotment.

Responsibilities included: archaeological survey and recording to ensure significant archaeological deposits and features are conserved within the proposed subdivision; and preparation of an Archaeological Management Plan documenting the results of the investigation.