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.
Find out more about the Archaeological dig process.
View photos and details of some of the findings from the dig sites so far.