DIG has been entrusted with excavating and managing some of the most historically significant sites including
Glenrowan Siege Archaeological Project - archaeological excavation of the nationally and internationally significant site of the former Ann Jones Hotel at Glenrowan where Ned Kelly and his Gang made a last stand against the police. An imensely rewarding and challenging project recently the subject of an ABC television documentary Ned Kelly Uncovered.
Pentridge Archaeological Project - Archaeological investigations of the former historic Pentridge Prison, Melbourne. Dating from the mid 19th Century Pentridge was at the centre of penal reform known as the 'silent separate system' devised by Jeremy Bentham. Circular exercise yards also known as Panopticons were built to exercise prisoners in solitary confinement. Only seven of these unusual structures are known to have been built around the world. Our excavations found the foundations of three of them. A fascinating insight into crime and punishment in the 19th Century.
Dirk Hartog Island Archaeological Expedition - archaeological excavations of the French annexation site at Turtle Bay and the shipwreck survivors camp of the French whaler Perseverant. What an exciting and successful expedition and what a great opportunity to shed light these two important 18th and 19th century sites. Has to be the most remote, tough and beautiful landscape we have worked in.
South West Victoria Archaeological Advisor - Review of historic archaeological resource in the South West of Victoria and promotion of archaeological management to councils and the public on behalf of Heritage Victoria. A great and historically rich part of the world. We had a great time with the kids on the two open dig days.
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Cultural Heritage Management Plans - Investigation, assessment and management of Indigenous archaeological sites along 26 km of foreshore on the Bellarine Peninsular. Right on our doorstep and a brilliant project ensuring the preservation of Aboriginal sites while enabling the Foreshore to improve and manage the public amenity of this great shoreline.
Forest Street Archaeological Project - a large and complex excavation in the heart of historic Bendigo. A fantastic dig that uncovered homes, gold mines, work shops, stables, inn and boarding houses dating from the earliest settlement of Bendigo in the early 1850s. 1000s of artefacts and a rare look at the gold fever era of Victoria.
Other noteworthy projects include:
Queenscliff Cultural Heritage Management Plan - Investigation of the cultural heritage values and preparation of management measures at Queenscliff's Princess and Citizen's parks.
Stamford Park Archaeology Assessment - A broad scope assessment of the Aboriginal and historical values of a large historic homestead in the City of Knox, Melbourne.