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Metro Tunnel

Archaeology and heritage

The largest archaeological digs in Victorian history took place in the heart of the CBD as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

More than a million artefacts, some dating back more than 180 years to the early days of European settlement in Melbourne, were found in archaeological investigations ahead of excavation works for the Metro Tunnel.

Architectural remains found on site included wheel ruts, cesspits, bluestone footings and timber structures of cottages, shops, hotels and pubs. Significant items are now permanently stored by Heritage Victoria for future generations.

Site tour

Archaeological activities

Mini Melbourne

Mini Melbourne

Minecraft Mini Melbourne is a world-first resource that hosts the Metro Tunnel Archaeology Adventure, a virtual dig experience for students.

Archaeological process

Archaeological process

Find out more about the Archaeological dig process.

Archaeological finds

Archaeological finds

View photos and details of some of the findings from the dig sites.

 State Library Station

State Library Station site

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

Town Hall Station

Town Hall Station site

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

Conserving heritage

Conserving heritage

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

Heritage permits

Heritage permits

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