Jones Lane Historical Archaeology

Posted May 23 in Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, historical archaeology

Earlier this year archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark & Associates excavated a row of six cottages next to the Wesley Church on Lonsdale Street, and in the process uncovered a slice of Melbourne’s early colonial history. The residences, located along Jones Lane (previously Green Lane), provided a unique opportunity to investigate early residential living in Melbourne. […]

Atherstone Homestead Historical Investigation

Posted Oct 07 in Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, historical archaeology, Historical Research, Melton, VC&A, Victoria

As part of a large-scale residential development project at Melton, 35 km west of Melbourne’s CBD, Dr Vincent Clark & Associates recently excavated the remains of an unusual bluestone structure close to the Toolern Creek. This feature was situated on the Exford Estate, once an extensive squatting property built in 1846 by one of Melton’s […]

Recent changes to Victorian Aboriginal Heritage legislation

Posted Sep 19 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, Archaeology, cultural heritage due diligence, cultural heritage management, Victoria

The Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Regulations (the Amendment Regulations) commenced on 2 August 2016. The Amendment Regulations see a number of significant changes concerning the ways in which Aboriginal heritage is managed in Victoria. A number of these changes are especially relevant to our clients. Determining when a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) is required Sponsors are […]

Radiocarbon dates from across Victoria

Posted Jul 22 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, Archaeology, cultural heritage management, Uncategorized, VC&A, Victoria

An important aspect of investigating Aboriginal sites in Australia is the dating of cultural deposits using scientific techniques. Where well preserved contexts are excavated, there are often samples suitable for absolute dating. Organic material such as charcoal can be dated using radiocarbon analysis and the age of soil deposition can be analysed using thermoluminescence. Several […]

From Boom to Bust: Australian Historical Association Conference, 2016

Posted Jun 10 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, about VC&A, Archaeology, Conferences and Papers, historical archaeology, Historical Research, Victoria

This year’s Australian Historical Association conference is being convened by the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University in Ballarat, with the theme ‘From Boom to Bust’. One of our project managers, Will Anderson, will be presenting a paper titled ‘Archaeology and pre-Colonial Landscape History: Boom before Contact in the Western District of […]

AIMA/ASHA Conference

Posted Sep 21 in about VC&A, Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, Conferences and Papers, historical archaeology, Historical Research

AIMA/ASHA Conference We are very excited about the upcoming Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) conference that we are co-sponsoring this week. The conference will be held from Thursday 24th – Sat 26th September at the National Wool Museum, Geelong. There will be a stimulating range of papers on topics including digital archaeology, conflict archaeology […]

Mapping the changing shoreline of Hobsons Bay

Posted Jul 31 in Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, historical archaeology, Historical Research, Victoria, Williamstown

Williamstown was once envisaged as the main settlement of Port Philip Bay. Named in 1837 after the ruling British monarch, William IV, the peninsula was a vital port and thriving settlement, even as Melbourne gained ascendancy. Today, Williamstown’s maritime connections remain active, though the Naval Dockyard no longer builds and repairs ships at the level […]

VC&A Projects Update

Posted Jun 30 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, about VC&A, Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, cultural heritage due diligence, cultural heritage management, historical archaeology, Lyndhurst, Melton, VC&A, Victoria

Recently we have been updating our website Projects page to better represent the scope of work that we do across Victoria. We have included some details about some of our previously completed cultural heritage management plans (CHMPs) such as: Ravenswood Interchange (for VicRoads), Mernda Central P-12 (for the Department of Education & Training), Cullulleraine Power Line […]

51,405 lithic artefacts!

Posted May 28 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, City of Casey, Dandenong, Uncategorized, Victoria

Last year, Dr Vincent Clark and Associates completed a large-scale salvage excavation at an Aboriginal site in Lyndhurst, south-east of Melbourne. More than 100 days were spent in the field, carrying out a systematic mechanical excavation across a defined grid. This week we finished cataloguing the finds, having counted a total of 51,405 stone artefacts […]

Bulla Excavations

Posted Apr 07 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, City of Hume, Conferences and Papers, cultural heritage management, Victoria

The valleys of the Maribyrnong River system form some of the most dramatic landscapes in the greater Melbourne area. A series of waterways cut through the flat volcanic plain, meandering through deep gorges where layers of geological formations are exposed, such as the impressive basalt columns at Organ Pipes National Park. Aboriginal occupation of the […]