The analysis of cesspit deposits from The Rocks, Sydney

Penny Crook, Tim Murray

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In this paper, we discuss some of the fundamental concerns affecting the analysis of archaeological assemblages recovered from nineteenth-century cesspit backfills. Cesspit backfills are an undervalued resource that requires a good deal of review and debate in Australian historical archaeology. We present a historical review of the management of waste in nineteenth-century Sydney, touching upon issues of local-council management, owner-occupier relationships, and attitudes to refuse disposal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-56
Number of pages14
JournalAustralasian Historical Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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