Historical archaeology links and resources

Reports on archaeological investigations

The Heritage NSW library holds copies of many interim and final reports completed as part of archaeological investigations. These reports may be viewed by appointment only at the Heritage NSW Library.

Note: the list below is not exhaustive as it does not include all excavations completed before 2000, or reports currently under review. If you cannot find your site listed, please contact Heritage NSW to check.

You can also view archaeology final reports at your local council library. A copy of each final report submitted to Heritage NSW is lodged with the relevant council.

In addition to final reports, the Heritage NSW Library also holds copies of archaeological studies (archaeological assessments, conservation management plans etc) completed for NSW councils, organisations and private companies.

Museums and tours for school students

  • The Rocks Discovery Museum: offers a diverse range of educational programs that give primary and secondary students an in-dept insight into the museum, which has unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks.
  • Sydney Living Museums conducts school tours and events which regularly include archaeological aspects of their sites. In particular, the Cumberland/Gloucester Street archaeological site will be of interest.
  • National Trust of Australia (NSW) Schools Programs is an excellent resource for school children. The site looks at National Trust sites, some of which have been excavated at different times. Archaeology is also incorporated into some of the site tours.
  • The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust conducts excursions on Cockatoo Island for primary children.