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Heard Island Archaeological Survey 1986-1987
Entry ID: Heard_Archaeology_1986_1987

Abstract: See the downloadable report for more details.

Historical context of Heard Island (taken from the report)
There is some controversy as to when Heard Island was first sighted and when the first landing occurred. Initially, Captain John J. Heard of the American barque Oriental and after whom the island was named, was credited with having first sighted Heard Island in November 1853, during his ... View entire text

Purpose: The main aim of this survey was to record historic sites on the island with specific emphasis on sealing sites, especially those at risk from destruction by natural causes and human impact. the results of this survey can be used to form the basis of long term management and research programmes for archaeological sites at Heard Island.
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Description: Download the archaeological report
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -52.96   S: -53.2   E: 73.85   W: 73.24

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Lazer, E. and McGowan, A.
Dataset Title: Heard Island Archaeological Survey 1986-1987
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2017-01-09
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1986-11-16
Stop Date: 1987-01-21
Quality A preliminary archaeological surface survey was conducted to develop the inventory of sites commenced in 1985-86 and to determine the nature and extent of sealing sites on Heard Island. To complete the aims of the project within the limited time available on Heard Island, priority was given to the detailed examination of sites on the south-east and west of the island. These areas have not been ... View entire text
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Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
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Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 5.9 MB
Distribution Format: PDF
Fees: Free
Email: estelle.lazer at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Lazer, A and McGowan, A. (1989), Heard Island Archaeological Survey 1986-1987, Unpublished report to the Australian Heritage Commission.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2017-01-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23