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200 George St – Archaeological Investigation Update 1

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GML Heritage has been engaged by Mirvac Projects Pty Ltd (Mirvac) to undertake an archaeological investigation as part of the proposed redevelopment of the site known as ‘200 George Street’, Sydney. The site incorporates three sites in the Sydney CBD—200 George Street, 190 George Street and 4 Dalley Street.

Excavation has begun in the northern part of 190 George Street basement. A natural sandstone shelf bedrock below the basement floor has been uncovered by the GML Heritage team.

Many features had been cut into the bedrock, including a large well 2.5 m deep and 1.6 m wide brimming with interesting artefacts. On the list of interesting finds are leather shoes and off cuts, buttons, pins, scissors, candle snuffers, coins, clay pipes and a brooch.

Here is a photographic essay of the first stage of the archaeological investigation:

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ABOVE: Archaeologist hand excavating & discussing the newly discovered nineteenth century well under the basement car park.

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ABOVE: The Mirvac and GML project team discussing progress on site.

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ABOVE: The well after excavation is complete to approximately 2.5 metres in depth.

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ABOVE: Buckets of artefacts including leather goods and bottles waiting for cleaning and cataloguing.

Artefacts

ABOVE: Artefacts including brass buttons, sewing pins, rivets, a fork, buckles and a comb.

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ABOVE: A collection of pipes, predominantly clay, found in the well deposits.

Pipe Stem & Bowl

ABOVE: Close-up of a clay pipe stem. The decorative motif on this clay pipe bowl will help in identifying the time and place of production.

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ABOVE: Close-up of a gold button found in the well deposits.

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ABOVE: A selection of artefacts including buttons, a broach, and candle snuffers.

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ABOVE: A GML archaeologist handling one of the gold candle snuffers.

For more information about the 200 George Street project go to the following:

200 George Street – About the development

200 George Street – Hoarding and Brochure

200 George Street – Archaeological Investigation Update 1

200 George Street – Archaeological Investigation Update 2

200 George Street – Archaeological Investigation Update 3

Liz Parkinson – The Underwoods