Uncovering a mining past in Harrietville

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EXPERTISE: James Donlon of Melbourne overseeing a site.

ARCHAEOLOGY isn’t a term most people would associate with Australia, let alone Victoria or even the Upper Ovens Valley, but an archaeological dig is currently underway in Harrietville, uncovering the past of a 19th Century Chinese mining village.

First excavated in 2017, a group of participants working under the expert eyes of historians Paul Macgregor and Andrew Swift of the Uncovered Past Institute has returned to the banks of the East Branch of the Ovens River.

In a picturesque, elongated wedge between the upper and lower Bon Accord Tracks, these archaeologists are in the middle of a four-week project to piece together a former Chinese settlement, best described as a previous suburb of Harrietville.

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