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Metro Tunnel

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 dating back 180 years and earlier.

Based on previous archaeological digs in Melbourne, it’s possible that more than two million artefacts will be unearthed across 10 sites in the CBD.

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.

State Library Station

The State Library Station dig site is located near the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets.

Town Hall Station

The Town Hall Station dig site is located near the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.

Image library

View the latest images from our archaeological dig sites.

Conserving heritage

Find out how we are conserving Melbourne's heritage values during construction of the Metro Tunnel.

Heritage permits

This page provide details of the various heritage permits that apply to Metro Tunnel construction works.