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 […]

Archaeology Week – Mernda Rail Project

Posted May 23 in Aboriginal cultural heritage, Archaeology, Archaeology of Melbourne

Archaeology Week got off to a great start this week with presentations by Dr Michelle Negus Cleary and Jasmine Scibilia speaking at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre Office about their work on the Mernda Railway and the Old Bridge Inn. If you missed out, everyone is welcome to join us this Saturday the 26th […]

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 […]

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 […]