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Victoria’s biggest ever archaeological dig is happening right now in Melbourne

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Rebecca Russo
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Someone call Indiana Jones. Right this second, the state’s biggest ever archaeological investigation is underway in Melbourne’s CBD, and it’s all thanks to the Metro Tunnel.  

Before excavation works for the Metro Tunnel begin, archaeologists and heritage experts are sifting through layers of rock and soil to uncover lost artefacts from the past. These diggers are using excavators, shovels and hand trowels to find archaeological remains that date back 180 years and earlier.  

Metro Tunnel dig 2018

Photograph: Courtesy Metro Tunnel

Premier Daniel Andrews has released a video showing off some of the goodies they’ve found along the way.

Currently, Rail Projects Victoria has set up Metro Tunnel HQ on Swanson Street, which will act as an interactive hub for all things related to the $10.9 billion project. Located across the road from the Melbourne Town Hall, Metro Tunnel HQ is an information and learning centre that includes a fully interactive ‘Metro Runner’ game, motion-sensor screens, virtual reality, construction information and more. You’ll also get to talk to staff about works in your area and use the interactive screens to learn the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for your commute.

In pictures: A first look at the new Metro Tunnel stations.

Plus ICYMI, Myki cards could soon become obsolete.

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