Little Lon excavations


Excavations undertaken over a five month period in 1987-1988 on the Commonwealth Block, formerly the inner-city working-class district of Little Lon in Melbourne’s CBD. The excavation revealed building foundations, hearths, cellars, cesspits and laneways. Due to multiple phases of occupation and concurrent demolition across the site was highly disturbed, but rich deposits were recovered from 14 cesspits and 11 rubbish dumps. At that time, the excavation at ‘Little Lon’ was the largest urban archaeological investigation to have taken place in Australia. The associated excavation of the Black Eagle and Oddfellows Hotels was undertaken in 1990.

Cite this Record

Little Lon excavations. ( tDAR id: 407135) ; doi:10.6067/XCV88S4S09

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 144.95; min lat: -37.825 ; max long: 144.99; max lat: -37.797 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Tim Murray

Principal Investigator(s): Justin McCarthy

Record Identifiers

TDAR ID(s): 6882


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