Archaeology in Sydney

In my post of 13-April-2013 I made a comment about the dearth of Roman remains here in Sydney. Aboriginal archaeology goes back much further – 50,000 years or so according to the Australian Museum website (1). At the other end of the scale, European settlement began in 1788. There’s lots from early settlement to be seen in museum settings, but I was surprised last week when I passed an archaeological site in situ.

The Big Dig site is underneath a youth hostel in The Rocks area of Sydney, and guests walk through part of it to get to Reception upstairs. There are also a couple of display cases containing some of the objects found in the area. Wonderful!

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(1) Australian Museum (2011) The Aboriginal Archaeological Collection [online] Available from: http://australianmuseum.net.au/The-Aboriginal-Archaeological-Collection. [Accessed 13 April 2013]

More information

The Big Dig: http://www.thebigdig.com.au/

The architects – Tzannes Associates: http://tzannes.com.au/portfolio/sydney-harbour-yha/

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