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Metro Tunnel

Archaeology and heritage

More than a million artefacts, some dating back more than 180 years to the early days of European settlement in Melbourne, have been found in archaeological investigations in Melbourne's CBD.

Ahead of excavation works for the Metro Tunnel, archaeologists and heritage experts used excavators, shovels and hand trowels to sift through layers of rock and soil to uncover archaeological remains and artefacts.

These investigations were 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 to see in person some of uncovered artefacts.

Site tour

Archaeological activities

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.