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.
Minecraft Mini Melbourne is a world-first resource that hosts the Metro Tunnel Archaeology Adventure, a virtual dig experience for students.
Find out more about the Archaeological dig process.
View photos and details of some of the findings from the dig sites.
State Library Station site
The State Library Station dig site was located near the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets.
Town Hall Station site
The Town Hall Station dig site was located near the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.
Find out how we are conserving Melbourne's heritage values during construction of the Metro Tunnel.
This page provide details of the various heritage permits that apply to Metro Tunnel construction works.