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The Commonwealth Block, Melbourne


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About the authors1. Introduction and context
Tim Murray
2. Agencies of change: government perspectives on Little Lon
Kristal Buckley and Jeremy Smith
3. The first campaign: Little Lon
Justin McCarthy
4. Assemblage analysis and outcomes: phase 1
Tim Murray
5. Smaller investigations between phase 1 and phase 2
Tim Murray
6. The second campaign: Casselden Place
Richard Mackay
7. Assemblage analysis and outcomes: phase 2
Tim Murray
8. Little Lon and Museum Victoria: a tale of benign neglect, restoration and a bright future
Charlotte Smith
9. Diversity and change in Little Lon: ongoing historical and archaeological research
Sarah Hayes and Barbara Minchinton
10. An update on the Commonwealth Block project: a second phase of targeted feature cataloguing
Bronwyn Woff
11. The 2017 excavations: 271 Spring Street, Melbourne
Geoff Hewitt
12. Little Lon and the archaeology of the modern world
Tim Murray
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This groundbreaking study delves into the complex social, cultural and economic history of Melbourne's forgotten Commonwealth Block.

About the Author

Tim Murray is the Charles La Trobe Professor of Archaeology at La Trobe University.Kristal Buckley is a lecturer in cultural heritage at Deakin University.Sarah Hayes is a historical archaeologist in the heritage and indigeneity stream of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.Geoff Hewitt is a consulting archaeologist.Justin McCarthy is an archaeologist and the Managing Director of heritage consulting firm Austral Archaeology Pty Ltd.Richard Mackay is the founder and 'Director of Possibilities' at Mackay Strategic, and an adjunct professor of archaeology at La Trobe University.Barbara Minchinton is an independent researcher and volunteer at the Public Record Office Victoria. Charlotte Smith is a curator emeritus at Museums Victoria.Jeremy Smith is Heritage Victoria's Principal Archaeologist, and has been a member of the Archaeology Advisory Committee of the Victorian Heritage Council since 2002.Bronwyn Woff was the Research Assistant for the La Trobe University Commonwealth Block Project between 2015 and 2017.


' ... the authors provide several different research angles and cover a wide range of topics and themes that revolve around the Little Lon project. The outcome of this book is a detailed synthesis of research addressing a variety of themes that exist within Australian historical archaeology and urban archaeology.' -- Hannah Craig-Ward * Australasian Historical Archaeology *
"Where the volume excels is in showing the extraordinary growth and development of Australian historical archaeology since the late 1980s ... As a summary of site history (in both senses), method, and theory, it has considerable merit" -- Alasdair Brooks * Post-Medieval Archaeology *

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