Some of ArchLink's most recent historical and cultural heritage projects include:
Metro Tunnel (North) Archaeology Project
2020 - 2023
The largest archaeological dig in Victoria history commenced in 2018 at two locations in the heart of the CBD, known as the Town Hall station site (South) and the State Library station site (North). The Metro Tunnel Project excavations uncovered archaeological remains and thousands of artefacts from the city’s rich history. Some artefacts date back more than 180 years to the early days of European settlement in Melbourne.
ArchLink was engaged in 2020 along with Matrix Archaeological Services to undertake the cataloguing, analysis and reporting of the artefact assemblage recovered from the Metro Tunnel North site.
For this large-scale artefact analysis project ArchLink engaged additional artefact specialists; Natalie Paynter,
Zvonka Stanin, Felicity Buckingham and Anthony Bagshaw.
Towt Road Upgrade
Bunyip State Park, Victoria
ArchLink recently completed CHMP investigations for Parks Victoria along Towt Road in the Bunyip State Park, east of Gembrook. The project forms part of the Melbourne Fire and Emergency Program (MFEP) which aims to reduce the risk of fires and other emergencies (such as storm events) to communities and assets in Melbourne’s urban interface areas by building, enhancing and maintaining fuel breaks, strategic emergency access roads and delivering burn preparation works. Complex testing took place in 2021 and 2022 and resulted in the identification of new Aboriginal heritage sites. Management conditions are in place to protect the sites in conjunction with the Traditional Owners of the Bunyip State Park.
ArchLink was engaged to undertake Complex CHMP investigations within the vicinity of the former Boys Camp in Powelltown. The Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning is proposing to establish a formal campsite at the site. Standard and complex testing was undertaken in 2022 and this project is currently in progress.
Sites on Road Cultural Heritage Assessments
Yarra District, Victoria
ArchLink were recently engaged by DELWP to provide a cultural heritage assessment on several previously recorded Aboriginal cultural heritage sites that may be affected by general maintenance works on roads within the Yarra district as part of a longer-term formal process. These works involve the management of unsealed roads for environmental health and safety reason. This aims to facilitate ongoing consultation between RAP and TO groups, and DELWP for working around pre-existing Aboriginal cultural heritage places. The project involved revisiting and assessing over 44 Aboriginal places, updating the VAHR and applying for Cultural Heritage Permits.
Yackandandah Creek Recreational Trail
Indigo Shire Council proposes to develop a recreational trail for use by mountain bikes and pedestrians along a 1.5 km section of Yackandandah Creek (Figure 1). This project was initiated by the community as part of the Pick My Project funding program and will be implemented as part of the broader Indigo Epic Mountain Bike Trail project linking Beechworth to Yackandandah. ArchLink prepared an archaeology assessment to inform Indigo Shire Council of the archaeological values of the subject area. The assessment found that the proposed trail alignment crosses through several registered and listed heritage places (listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory and the Victorian Heritage Register. These places are protected under the Heritage Act, 2017.
Archaeological Monitoring on the track took place in June 2022.
Granite Hills Park and Playspace
Quarry Hills Regional Park, South Morang
ArchLink recently completed CHMP investigations for the City of Whittlesea for their proposed development of walking trails and a playspace at Granite Hills in the Quarry Hills Regional Park. Complex testing was undertaken over three days in July 2021. No Aboriginal Heritage was identified and management conditions are in place.
38 Harrison Street Subdivision
Brunswick East, Victoria
ArchLink was engaged by private developers, @North Pty Ltd, to undertake Complex CHMP investigations at 38 Harrison Street in Brunswick East. The site sits along the adjacent to the Merri Creek Trail and contains an historical house and dairy outbuildings. The fieldwork involved survey and complex testing in April 2021. No Aboriginal Heritage was identified and management conditions are in place.
306-314 Hargreaves Street Hotel Development
ArchLink has been engaged by De Novo Group to prepared a Archaeology Management Plan (AMP) and conduct premliminary excavations at 306-314 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo. The property is part of the Beehive Building complex which previously housed the original Beehive Store and the Bendigo Mining Exchange. De Nova Group are planning a new development at the site which will involve demolishing the extant buildings currently on the land and building a new hotel of six levels with a restaurant at ground level. In October 2020 and March 2021 ArchLink conducted archaeological excavations to determine the nature and extent of historical occupation at the site.
MFEP Site Impact Assessments
ArchLink were recently engaged by Parks Victoria to assist with a cultural heritage impact assessment as part of the Melbourne Fire and Emergency program. As part of the MFEP 20/21 work plan initial values impact assessments performed with Parks Victoria Aboriginal Cultural heritage advisors identified several locations where work is likely to cause harm. ArchLink provided ground identification and verification of the sites, updating the VAHR (through record edit on ACHRIS) and approved Cultural Heritage Permits.
Huskisson Reserve Shared Trail
ArchLink was engaged by the City of Whittlesea to undertake CHMP investigations for the proposed development of a shared path along Edgars Creek in Huskisson Reserve, between Kingsway Drive and Deveny Road, Lalor. No Aboriginal Heritage was identified and management conditions are in place.
Little Yarra River Shared Trail
Yarra Junction, Victoria
ArchLink was engaged by Melbourne Water to undertake Complex CHMP investigations of the proposed shared trail and revegetation works along the Little Yarra River in Yarra Junction, 55 km east of Melbourne. The fieldwork involved survey and complex testing from 15th to 19th June, 2020. Two coarse silcrete debitage flakes were recovered from the western end of the activity area and registered with the VAHR as a low-density artefact distribution. Extent testing around this site revealed no further artefacts and it is likekly these artefacts are the result of redistribution via floodwaters. Specific management conditions are now in place to mitigate impacts to the place. At the conclusion of the works the artefacts will be repatriated to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC) for reburied in accordance with their Repatriation Policy.
Langlands Iron Foundry & West End Brewery Stables
ArchLink were commissioned by Little Projects to undertake archaeological investigations at 9-27 Downie Street, Melbourne. The development involved demolition of the existing warehouse building on the property and the construction of a new multi- storey hotel.
The site sits upon Melbourne's first iron foundry, “Langlands Foundry” established from 1842 and later housed the West End Brewery Stables. Excavations ran from November 2018 through to February, 2019. The historic excavations revealed extant structures including original bluestone wall footings, underground flu systems and drains made with handmade bricks, timber and iron sheets, furnace pits and stable walls. Over 15,000 artefacts were uncovered including glass and ceramic bottles and myriad metal objects relating to foundry work such as crucibles, files and nails dating from the 1850s onwards.