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.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Australasian Historical Archaeology|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|