Big dig breaks ground

Victoria’s largest archaeological dig is underway over several sites in the central city, promising to reveal forgotten stories of Melbourne.

This rare opportunity for investigation is possible due to the construction of the Metro Tunnel’s new Town Hall and State Library underground stations.

Before the sites are excavated, a massive archaeological investigation will be undertaken to recover any structural remains and artefacts of historical and archaeological significance.

Jeremy Smith, Principal Archaeologist from Heritage Victoria, said the dig is likely to uncover a large collection of artefacts dating back more than 180 years.

‘Due to the scale of the investigations, this is an excellent opportunity to uncover objects and remains of structures that date back to the earliest stages of Melbourne’s urban settlement and growth,’ Jeremy said.

‘This will greatly enhance our understanding of how Melbourne was settled and will provide new insights into the lives of 19th century Melburnians.’

Expert teams will spend up to 14 weeks at each of the 10 sites, which have a rich history of retail, business, light industry and residential uses.

Significant artefacts will be preserved for future generations.

Stay tuned to Metro Tunnel’s social media channels for behind-the-scenes photos, information about finds and interviews with archaeologists.

For more information, visit Metro Tunnel.