Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Rocks, The Big Dig

The Big Dig is an archaeological site between Cumberland Street and Gloucester Streets, in The Rocks. It contains remains of over 30 homes and shops and 750,000 artefacts from the late 18th century, the time of Australia's first European settlement. Excavations began in 1994 with a team of 20 archaeologists and 400 volunteers. The Sydney Harbour YHA hostel and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre were built above the site in 2010. The wire horse sculpture made by Glenn Doyle was installed in 2015 on the remnant paving stones of the stables behind the Whalers Arms Hotel.


  1. That sounds an interesting place to visit. I like the horse which is so lifelike despite being made from wire.

  2. I think it's a good idea to put in an educational aspect to such a site, giving children an up close chance to understand what goes into archaeology.

  3. Looks like the horse is overseeing things!

  4. The wire horse seems to be a bit out of place there. What's the scoop with him?
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    1. I guess they chose to feature a horse sculpture here because that spot was the site of the stables of the hotel.

  5. Good morning Jim, The photo of the Big Dig is interesting and the horse sculpture is well done. I am always fascinated by old artifacts and this dig certainly has been successful.

    Thank you for visiting my Pink Saturday post. I am just now catching up with my comments.

    Have a great week,

  6. The building has a '60's modern feel to it. I like the tribute to the past, played by the horse. This looks like a great place to visit. Nice work, as always.

  7. That is fascinating, what a fabulous bit of history


  8. Reminds me of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. When they first started digging the dinosaur bones it was a hay field that my grandfather used to sharecrop farm. Now it's in the middle of town. - Margy

  9. Hmmmm.... I would love to know what they have found. I love history and looking at old artifacts. So intriguing.

    Lisa @ LTTL


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