Video: Archaeology at Parramatta Light Rail
GML Heritage undertook historical and Aboriginal archaeology on Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) route on behalf of Parramatta Connect.
Learn more about archaeology at the site at a recorded Q&A session with Abi, hosted by Parramatta Connect.
For around 40,000 years, the area comprising present day Parramatta has been occupied by the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Darug. The Burramattagal’s cultural landscape contains many places which retain deep archaeological sequences that provide evidence for how their cultural technologies changed over this long time period. In the Sydney area, such demonstrated evidence is very rare. The Burramattagal had a complex system of tradition, which during the Holocene (the last 7,000 years), were associated with the tidal river. Archaeological research is slowly allowing Aboriginal people to reconnect with their traditions and the PLR archaeology work is playing a significant part in this process.