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.

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Archaeological process