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During the Early Works of the project the Extent Heritage historical archaeology team carried out test excavations to identify the extent and nature of surviving archaeological remains across several hot spots that potentially contained relics of state significance. In addition, monitoring of an Aboriginal salvage excavation in an area containing evidence of the Aboriginal occupation within the Paramatta Sand Body Sheet was also carried out to ensure that no significant historical archaeology is disturbed prior to thorough investigation and recording.

Despite the significant level of disturbance that the site was exposed to in the last 200 years, both field programs identified well preserved archaeological relics associated with the early gardening established by the first Agricultural and Horticultural Society in Parramatta (1822-1832) and NSW, as well as a substantial drainage line associated with the original King’s School erected in 1834.  Representative samples of these relics have been retained in situ and adequately protected from any further development  impacts.

The Extent Heritage historical archaeological team continues to monitor ground disturbance work across the site to ensure that all potential relics are adequately investigated and managed during the project.

Extent Heritage has been worked closely with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Lipman and the Department of Education ensuring the compliance with the Ministers Conditions of Approval and policies and guidelines of the Archaeological Management Plan set to achieve a successful heritage outcome and preservation of legacy for the future generations.

 

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