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Glass bottle, c1880

This is a green glass bottle that was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 29.8 cm x 9.5 cm and was in use in about 1880.

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Toy teacup, c1880-1900

This is a glazed ceramic toy teacup. It measures 30 mm (length) x 30 mm (width) x 28 mm (height). It was excavated in 1988 in part of a district known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne. It would have been in use in about 1880-1900.

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Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.

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Lake Mungo (year 7)

This is a student resource, suitable for upper primary and lower secondary, about the archaeological discoveries at Lake Mungo and what they reveal about the Aboriginal peoples of ancient Australia. Six photographs in slideshow format depict Lake Mungo as it appears now and show archaeologists at work and visitors to the ...

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Lake Mungo (year 4)

This is a student resource suitable for the mid-primary years about the archaeological findings at Lake Mungo. Seven photographs in a slideshow depict Lake Mungo as it appears now and show archaeologists at work and visitors to the area. Text on screen describes the discoveries of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man and 460 fossilised ...

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World Heritage sites from the ancient world

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources that either show or refer to World Heritage sites of the ancient past. The resources are grouped into four categories - ancient sites in Africa; Asia; Australia and Europe. The collection is composed almost entirely of colour photographs.

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Baler shell, 1945

This is a 1945 black-and-white photograph showing a man holding a baler shell.

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Contacting the Flying Doctor Service, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of George Alder in a flat, dry and dusty paddock kneeling beside the first portable radio telephone in the outback, contacting the Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill.

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Excavation site, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men and a woman taken at an unidentified sewerage works site in Canberra, in November 1926. The man on the right-hand side is the works foreman, Jeremiah ('Jerry') Dillon. The other man and the woman are unidentified visitors. Behind the three, a section of light rail leads into ...

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Lessons by radio at Althorpe Island in 1963

This black-and-white photograph shows a young boy at Althorpe Island in South Australia receiving lessons from the Flying Doctor Base at Ceduna, via radio in 1963. With his dog on a chair beside him and a toy gun strapped to his waist, the boy is holding a microphone while he writes.

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Out of Darkness, 1984: Modern Aboriginal people

This clip from 1984 shows Dr Alan Thorne holding two skulls as he explains his controversial theory, based on bones found at Australian archaeological sites, that there were two peoples in what is termed prehistoric Australia. He says that the remains found in Kow Swamp, Victoria, belong to large and robust people who 'show ...

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Out of Darkness, 1984: Bark burials

This clip shows that Aboriginal artistic traditions have an important place in the burial of the dead. In the clip, Grahame Walsh says that the central Queensland sandstone belt is well known for its mortuary culture. Walsh describes a burial process in the Carnarvon region in which skeletal remains were wrapped in a bark ...

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The Human Journey, 1999: Inspired detective work

This clip shows palaeoanthropologist Dr Ron Clarke and his assistants, Stephen Motsumi and Nkwane Molefe, in a cave at Sterkfontein in South Africa where in 1997 they discovered the adult skeleton of an upright hominid, a species of early human. The narrator says that after coming across hominid foot bones that had earlier ...

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Inverloch dinosaur fossil site

This is an information sheet on the Flat Rocks fossil site near Inverloch in Victoria. It includes information on the fossils at this site and how to get involved as a volunteer for the Dinosaur Dreaming field digs at the site. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download. There is also a link to Museum Victoria's ...

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Frozen Charlotte doll excavated in Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

This video features curator Charlotte Smith talking about a tiny Frozen Charlotte doll in Museum Victoria's collection, as well as about the area in which it was found, the 'Little Lon' area in the city of Melbourne. We are shown the exteriors and interiors of two recreated Little Lon cottages, the ceramic doll and an historical ...

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African civilisations - online resource

This is an online resource comprising nine units of work about past civilisations of Africa developed by the British Museum. The civilisations are: ancient Egypt; Carthage; Great Zimbabwe; the kingdoms of Aksum, Benin, Kongo, Kush and Mali; and the Swahili Coast. They cover the time period from 3000 BCE to 1700 CE. Intended ...

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Pillar of Ashoka

This resource is about a significant individual in history. It shows a fragment of a pillar built by the Emperor Ashoka in India about 240 BC. On the fragment is part of an inscription that uses a type of writing known as 'Brahmi'. The inscription is by Ashoka. It reads of how the great conquest in life is not over other ...

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Viking digs: reports

This resource is about archaeological digs that have unearthed information about Viking life. It covers the discoveries from nine excavation sites extending from Wales, England and Scotland to Denmark and Norway. Finds includes five Viking ships, 9th-century coins, lead weights used by the Viking traders, defensive fortifications, ...

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Naachtun: lost city of the Maya

This resource is about the Mayan city of Naachtun rediscovered by archaeologists in 1922. It provides background material on the archaeological visits to the Mayan site from 1922 through to 2002, and describes the remnants of the structures and artefacts of the city, including stone monuments carved with hieroglyphic inscriptions ...

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Year 7 history assessment - Investigating the ancient past: A history mystery

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 7 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do for the depth study 'Investigating the Ancient Past' (between 60 000BC–c.650 AD). Using the context ...