Cato Street Exhibition – Prahran Mechanic’s Institute

Posted Sep 12 in Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne, historical archaeology, Prahran, VC&A, Victoria

Following on from the archaeological investigations conducted earlier this year, an exhibition hosted by the Prahran Mechanic’s Institute (PMI Victorian History Library) will be running from Thursday the 19th of October to Friday the 3rd of November. A public lecture will be conducted by our own Dr Michelle Negus Cleary on the opening night of the exhibition […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Staffing update

Posted May 13 in about VC&A, VC&A

It has been a little while since we posted news of happenings here at Dr Vincent Clark & Associates, so we thought it timely to provide a short update. Michelle Negus Cleary has done an excellent job as Operations Manager while Helen Kiddell has been enjoying her maternity leave.  Helen has recently started back in […]

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 […]