Qu.A.C. undertakes a wide range of projects for different clients - from metropolitan historical excavations and assessments, to remote survey work, to intensive historical research. We undertake major projects sequentially, meaning that our time and effort is focused on a single project at a time. With our extensive experience in archaeological survey, excavation analysis and archival research, we can fulfil all the requirements of cultural heritage management legislation.
Check out our photos and brief description below of what we have been working on recently.
Winter and Spring 2016
Qu.A.C. archaeologists are in the process of cataloguing, researching and writing up an excavation that was recently completed in Franklin Street, opposite the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne CBD. The dig site (which was occupied until recently by an early 20th century warehouse) held the remains of Melbourne's 19th Century Soho Foundry, associated outbuildings, and the foundry owner's house.
The Soho foundry was first established at this location in the early 1860s, and continued operating in various incarnations until its final demolition in the early 20th century. The site is representative of an important industry in early Melbourne, and the site of the Soho foundry is currently the only example of an entire 19th century foundry footprint that has been subject to archaeological assessment and excavation in Melbourne. Qu.A.C. were excited to collaborate with Reeds Consulting on this project, who used photogrammetry to create 3d impressions of parts of the site. Qu.A.C. also invited Dr Herries of the Australian Archaeomagnetism Laboratory & La Trobe University Archaeophysics to undertake some archaeomagnetic sampling of bricks found within the former foundry complex.