Further excavation in the basement of 190 George Street has revealed archaeological evidence of buildings dating back to the early 1800s. The earliest archaeology includes a sandstone wall and platform, which might be associated with early shipbuilding practices undertaken on the redevelopment site from c1800. The archaeology also demonstrated how the early Sydneysiders modified the rocky landscape close to Circular Quay. Natural depressions and dips had been filled in with soil and rubble taken from other sites to create a level platform for construction.
A large tree stump was also found next to the early walls, wedged into a deep crevice in the natural sandstone bedrock, making the most of the limited topsoil lying over the sandstone shelf.
Here is a photographic essay of this stage of the archaeological investigation:
ABOVE: Early nineteenth century sandstone feature, possibly associated with early shipbuilding at Sydney Cove.
ABOVE: Small test pit excavated to show the early sandstone wall was constructed on top of natural top soil.
ABOVE: The remains of the blackened tree stump, wedged between the sandstone bedrock and the early nineteenth century sandstone wall.
ABOVE: The 200 George Street archaeological team discusses the progress of work.
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