The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
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The 2022 lecture series will be presented in-person at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, and online via Zoom. Please note those attending in person will require vaccination certificates to enter the facility.
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Next Lecture: Thursday 17th of May, 2022, @ 6.30pm

A buried world underneath Melbourne – unearthing the cultural history of the former Williams Creek valley and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung life in what is now the heart of the city.

Presented by Chris Clark*, Caroline Spry**, & Jim Wheeler***
*Heritage Advisor at Extent Heritage
**Senior Heritage Advisor at Wurundjeri Corporation
***Director at Extent Heritage

European colonisation of the area that is now Melbourne’s CBD dramatically modified a landscape that was intensively occupied and used by Aboriginal people. The establishment of Hoddle’s Grid in 1837 required levelling of hills, filling of wetlands and removal of waterways to achieve the planned rectangular shape of the fledgling city. Flooding, exacerbated by changes to the Creek, led to the nineteenth century Melbourne Council edict to raise street levels in the city. From the excavations, we can further our understanding of the impacts on the early colony, both for Aboriginal people and Europeans, of the manipulation of the landscape.

This presentation will discuss excavations at the historic Munro site (adjacent to Queen Victoria Market) which revealed the profile of the original William Street Creek which ran approximately along the alignment of the present Elizabeth St. 

Radiocarbon dating, pollen and artefact analysis from two major archaeological projects undertaken by Extent Heritage, have generated data that illustrates the changing environmental characteristics of Melbourne in this period of colonisation. Analysis of the Munro and Elizabeth Street sites can also be used to ask how the impacts of settlement and key historic events in the city’s development have affected both the formation and preservation of archaeological sites in the Melbourne CBD.


Chris Clark
Christopher Clark is a heritage advisor with a strong background in both historical and Aboriginal heritage and archaeology. He has extensive commercial experience, having worked for over eight years as an archaeologist in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Australia. He has also participated in archaeological investigations in Central Africa and Turkey. He has worked on a broad range of large-scale developments and complex, deeply stratified sites.

Christopher has been extensively involved in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, primarily in Queensland. This has included large-scale surveying, mitigation, post-field artefact analysis and the preparation of cultural heritage management plans.

Christopher completed a Master of Heritage Management at the University of Queensland in 2008, specialising in the management of intangible aspects of built heritage places. As a postgraduate, he gained proficiency in community and environmental planning, GIS, world heritage, and cultural heritage law.

Caroline Spry
Caroline is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and a Senior Heritage Advisor at Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. She is lead and co-investigator of several research projects with Traditional Custodians, universities, museums, government agencies and industry partners.

Caroline has investigated a variety of archaeological sites spanning the last ~40,000 years to the post-contact period in southeastern Australia, Melanesia and South Africa. Caroline’s PhD research compared Aboriginal people’s technological responses to environmental change at Lake Mungo, Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, between ~24,000-8,000 years ago.

Caroline has presented at international conferences and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and also published articles in The Conversation. Caroline is passionate about public outreach and science communication, and is Co-chair of National Archaeology Week in Australia.

Jim Wheeler
Jim is a senior cultural heritage advisor, archaeologist, and Director at Extent Archaeology. He has diverse experience in cultural heritage management and has worked extensively on public sector, commercial, and academic archaeology projects in Australia and internationally.
Jim has a range of research interests and has published peer-reviewed journal articles and presented conference papers on the archaeology of submerged terrestrial sites, non-site landscape archaeology, and heritage policy.

Jim was a member of the Aboriginal Affairs Victoria Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and is currently a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI). In 2010 he was awarded the Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consulting Archaeology. Jim is overseeing a number of groundbreaking initiatives in cultural values assessment, research partnerships, strategic assessment, heritage interpretation and virtual education.


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