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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.


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.


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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Archaeological evidence: what is preserved?

This is a richly illustrated resource from the Portal to the past website about the nature of archaeological evidence. It focuses on those elements of the human past that are likely to be preserved and why. It explains the formation processes of archaeological evidence and the ways in which finds can be interpreted, using ...

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16th century ship becomes a time capsule

What was it like to serve in a 16th century navy? The English warship Mary Rose was built in Portsmouth, England, between 1509 and 1511 and was sunk during a naval battle with the French in 1545. Discover some of the thousands of artefacts that were raised from the seabed in the wreck of the Mary Rose and the story they ...

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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 ...


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.


Baler shell, 1945

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


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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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Archaeology: its nature and aims

This is a unit about modern archaeology. Richly illustrated with recent photographs and written by archaeologists, it explains what material evidence is preserved from the past; why the context of finds is so important; how finds are discovered and recorded; how excavation is carried out; how the past is dated; and how ...

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Archaeology: dating the past

This is an informative resource from the Portal to the past website about how archaeological finds are dated. It explains why archaeological evidence needs to be organised in a dated sequence. It identifies three dating techniques that archaeologists use: historical dating; typological dating; and scientific dating, including ...