Archaeology and heritage
The state’s biggest ever archaeological investigation is underway in Melbourne's CBD.
Ahead of excavation works for the Metro Tunnel, archaeologists and heritage experts will use excavators, shovels and hand trowels to sift through layers of rock and soil to uncover archaeological remains and artefacts.
More than half a million artefacts, some dating back more than 180 years to the early days of European settlement in Melbourne, have been found so far.
These investigations will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unearth a whole landscape of early Melbourne that will tell the story of our city’s historic settlement, growth and change.
Visit Metro Tunnel HQ these school holidays to view a collection of the most intriguing discoveries.
Find out more about the Archaeological dig process.
View photos and details of some of the findings from the dig sites so far.
State Library Station site
The State Library Station dig site is located near the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets.
Town Hall Station site
The Town Hall Station dig site is located near the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.