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Archaeology finds

On display at Metro Tunnel HQ

A collection of the most intriguing discoveries will be on display at our visitor centre, Metro Tunnel HQ (125-133 Swanston Street, opposite Melbourne Town Hall), from Monday 24 September during the school holidays.

Metro Tunnel HQ is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on weekends.

Some of our finds

We regularly share our archaeology finds on our social media channels. View our posts below and follow us on Facebook to the latest update..

A small ‘seal’ signet, typically associated with women’s fashion trends and ‘mourning jewellery’ that became popular...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wooden pencils dating back to the 1850s have been unearthed at 9, 11 and 13 Swanston St - the future site of Town Hall...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A hundred-year-old, early tungsten filament light globe has remarkably been uncovered at our Town Hall Station...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 12 September 2018

A small, round lead object has been uncovered -thought to be a seal, bearing a likely impression of a fox head dating...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Sunday, 9 September 2018

A slingshot has been unearthed at the former site of the Gippsland and Freemasons hotels at 13 Swanston Street. Made...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 6 September 2018

Our archaeologists have uncovered a rare “Warwickshire Rifle Volunteers” cross belt badge at our State Library Station...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Monday, 27 August 2018
Archaeology finds: teeth and coins

So far we have found more than 1000 human teeth and a coin worth $3000 through our archaeological investigations in the CBD

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Archaeologists have discovered a Staffordshire yellow glazed bird whistle, at the site of 9-11 Swanston Street. Made...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 21 August 2018

More than 1000 teeth and half a set of dentures have been found at no. 11 Swanston Street! No, not a grisly discovery,...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 16 August 2018

Hundreds of new and used lead print types, dating back to the late 19th century, have been discovered at our La Trobe...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 15 August 2018

‪Buried deep in the cellar of 13 Swanston Street, this painted china doll head was believed to be part of a bath toy...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Monday, 13 August 2018

Our archaeologists were off to a ROARing start this week 🦁, having unearthed a moulded red-brown stoneware figure of a...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Rain, hail or shine, our archaeologists have soldiered on to find a toy soldier dating back the 1850s🎖! It is believed...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 2 August 2018

Our archaeologists have uncovered several James Dickson & Co ginger ale bottle labels at our Latrobe Street site, dating...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 2 August 2018

Another great find from our Swanston Street site! This pen nib was created by Levi Brown, who is credited for making the...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Friday, 27 July 2018

A collection of seeds found at the bottom of a cesspit at 204-206 La Trobe Street has given us a valuable insight into...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The archaeological investigations at the future State Library Station have uncovered a rare insight into the personal...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 4 July 2018

We have found a true relic of Melbourne’s retail past. This James McEwan and Co. produce tag was found at 9-11 Swanston...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Monday, 2 July 2018

We have found the oldest archaeological item at our 377-391 Swanston Street so far: a tree stump from Melbourne’s...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 28 June 2018

At least twenty dice made of cattle bone and ivory have been recovered from our 13 Swanston Street archaeological...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Fashion in Melbourne has always been marvellous. This ornate piece was part of a pair of jet earrings from the 1860-90s....

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Our archaeologists have found crucibles from the mid to late nineteenth century at the corner of 377-391 Swanston...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 14 June 2018

Considering the history of the area, it shouldn't be surprising that the first find on our Town Hall Station...

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Metro Tunnel archaeology digs

We are undertaking Victoria's largest archaeological dig in some of the oldest parts of Melbourne. The sites have been home to countless dwellings and infamous personalities. Drop by our viewing window next to Young and Jacksons to see what we have uncovered.

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 22 May 2018