Trove of Gold Rush artifacts found in Australia
Published on January 11th, 2011 | by Admin2
When an old sewerage pipe near the centre of Ballarat needed replacing last year, archaeologists were called in for what was expected to be a routine dig of the surrounds.
But what they uncovered surprised and delighted heritage experts – a trove of more than a thousand gold rush artefacts, many once belonging to members of Ballarat’s mid-19th century Chinese community. As well as European pottery and bottles, they found medicine vials stamped with Chinese characters, intact fig jars, coins, tokens and imported Chinese porcelain.
”It would be not unexpected to find some sort of deposit, but nothing like the scale of what was found,” says Jeremy Smith, senior archaeologist at Heritage Victoria.