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Public Lecture: Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties

  • Western Australian Museum Geraldton 2 Museum Pl Geraldton, WA, 6530 Australia (map)


Archaeologists from the Western Australian Museum and the University of Western Australia have been at Beacon Island examining archaeological sites related to one of WA’s most famous shipwrecks, the Batavia.

One burial site containing the remains of an adolescent person was carefully excavated by the team this week. Further investigations of other sites are continuing.

The team of researchers is studying these areas for two weeks as part of the Australian Research Council funded project called Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: a maritime archaeological reassessment of some of Australia's earliest shipwrecks. 

The Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties project is led by UWA archaeologist Professor Alistair Paterson, and involves state, national and international partners including the WA Museum, Prospero Productions, Curtin University and Department of Fisheries.

Join Jeremy Green, Head of Maritime Archaeology, WA Museum and Professor Alistair Paterson as they discuss the Roaring Forties project and their recent expedition to Beacon Island.