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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Display of excavated remains


Root Projects Australia on behalf of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Archaeological Consultant

Godden Mackay Logan, Heritage Consultants

The Site

Exploratory excavations at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery were completed in 2008 with an aim to investigating the underground storage vaults that formed part of the 1820s Bond Store complex. Conservation advice was provided regarding the proposal to display the excavated archaeological remains to the public.


  • Recommendations for immediate protection of the open excavation.
  • Stabilisation recommendations for in situ features and excavation trench.
  • Specifications for the design of a protective shelter over the exposed archaeological remains.





TMAG Picture One 

View of the covered excavation within the Commissariat Courtyard

TMAG Picture Two 

Excavated remains were comprised of brick and sandstone

  TMAG Picture 3

Brick wall of one of the underground storage areas



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