During the Early Works 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 was also carried out to ensure that no significant 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 New South Wales, 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 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 Minister’s Conditions of Approval and policies and guidelines of the Archaeological Management Plan to achieve a successful heritage outcome and preservation of this legacy for the future generations.
In January 2016 AHMS and Futurepast Heritage merged to form Extent Heritage. EXTENT offers the most comprehensive range of built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage services available within the Australian and Asia Pacific region.