Sunday, August 1, 2010


In conjunction with the ACT Government's 2010 Heritage Festival the ACTEW conducted an archaeological dig on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in April. This short video from documentary maker Richard Snashall shows a community based project of archaeological investigation of soil removed during the enlargement of Canberra's water supply at the Cotter Dam.

Community volunteers were welcome to join in, and learn about the science and art that is archaeology from Canberra heritage consultant, Kelvin Officer. The dig was conducted on a site that has had, at least, several thousand years of Aboriginal inhabitation and was also the location of Canberra's first major public works program in the early 20th century. The site provides numerous indigenous stone artifacts and European relics such as tobacco tins and bottles...

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