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Metro Tunnel

Community Participants on Melbourne’s largest archaeological dig

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.

The Metro Tunnel’s Big Dig is the state’s biggest ever archaeological investigation soon to be underway in the CBD. 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.

As the project gets underway we have an exciting opportunity for a limited number of community participants to join the Archaeological teams by getting involved with the excavations. At a later stage there will also be opportunities to participate in site visits when the dig is underway.

Dig underway at the site of the future Town Hall Station