Chinese Stoneware at Cato Square

Posted Sep 23 in Uncategorized

The artefact team from Dr VC&A have reassembled a Chinese stoneware food storage vessel from the Cato Square Excavations. Whilst international products are common today, imported Chinese vessels were a rarity for European working class people in Melbourne in the late 19th century, indicating either that Chinese people were living in the area, or interaction […]

Eureka Lead Pistol and Gold Rush Exhibition

Posted Jul 23 in Uncategorized

Are you interested in the Gold Rush, why not visit the exhibition currently on display at the Old Treasury Building in partnership with the Public Record Office of Victoria, Gold Rush: 20 Objects, 20 Stories, featuring a unique find excavated by Dr Vincent Clark, a Pepperbox Pistol. This c1850s pistol, currently on loan from Heritage Victoria, has […]

Talks at La Trobe University

Posted Jul 02 in Uncategorized

Jasmine Scibilia and Dr Michelle Negus Cleary from Dr Vincent Clark & Associates recently spoke at the La Trobe University Archaeology Seminar Series, a weekly event hosted by the Department of Archaeology and History. The archaeologists discussed their work on inner-city archaeological projects which are becoming more and more frequent with the increase of development […]

Impostor china

Posted Jun 25 in Uncategorized

Early this year, Bronwyn Woff from Dr. Vincent Clark & Associates presented her interpretations from some interesting finds from the excavation of Cato Street Car Park in Prahran at the Victorian Archaeology Colloquium at La Trobe University. This area is currently under development to create a multi-functional urban parkland and underground car parking space. From her analysis Bronwyn was able […]

2018 Bruce Turner Presentation: What Lies Beneath

Posted Jun 25 in Uncategorized

Date and time: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Thursday the 28th June 2018 Place: Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road, Prahran This Thursday at the Prahran Mechanics Institute, Dr Michelle Negus Cleary will be delivering a free public lecture on her work with Cato Street Carpark. This is a fantastic opportunity for archaeology students and […]

Bottles, Bullets and Teacups: Artefacts from the Old Bridge Inn

Posted Jun 01 in Uncategorized

On Saturday the 26th May Dr Michelle Negus Cleary and Bronwyn Woff (pictured) presented the findings of their work the Old Bridge Inn archaeological study in Mernda as a part of Archaeology Week. The Old Bridge Inn archaeological investigations was Victoria’s first historical archaeological offset project. A main aim of the off-set project was to […]

Exploration Lane

Posted Dec 13 in Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, historical archaeology, Historical Research, Uncategorized, VC&A, Victoria

Another opportunity to explore the early settlement of Melbourne arose in October this year when a block of land in Exploration Lane was excavated as a part of historical investigations. Located off Little Lonsdale Street between Exhibition and Russel Street, Exploration Lane was occupied by a number of buildings from the early 19th century. Excavations […]

Exploring a neglected area of Australian historical archaeology

Posted Nov 14 in Uncategorized

VC&A staff member Wendy Morrison recently submitted her PhD at La Trobe University, in which she investigated the remains of one of the first farmsteads built in the Gembrook area of south-eastern Victoria by one of the town’s pioneer families. “I’m very interested in the whole process of early colonial immigration and settlement”, she said, […]

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 […]

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 […]