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‘Fascinating!’ The archaeologists digging for early artefacts in Melbourne’s CBD

Archaeologists conducting a dig on a CBD site hope to find rare relics related to Melbourne’s settlement days, including John Batman’s cottage.

The site, next to Young and Jacksons on Swanston Street in the CBD, is being surveyed over the next few weeks while construction workers prepare to begin work on the Metro Tunnel.

Excavation Director Meg Goulding said they were hopeful of finding more items linked to the city’s early history.

“We have been given this time – around about 12 weeks to do a really good excavation of the site and then we can let the guys get in there and build their tunnel,” she told Ross and John.

To date, they have uncovered a newspaper from the 1900’s as well as other relics.

“What we do know is that there were some of the earliest European occupation on this site.

“We think there’s possibly the remains of a structure that John Batman himself built.”

Ross: The Holy Grail is finding John Batman’s cottage…

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