The Dig | Early Start Discovery Space

The Dig

What do old boots, brass monkeys and copper coins have in common?

Perhaps it’s the greatest story ever told! If you excavate carefully enough, you never know what you might find! Here you can use child-friendly tools to examine a section of ground and perhaps retrieve a special object. Take it to the identification area to have it assessed: What is it? How long ago was it used? Who used it? How was it used? Then add it to the collection on display, which records the history and use of the land by different people at different times.

The Dig Experience Features

Authentic experiences stimulate meaningful learning. The Dig can represent a variety of different dig sites, from a replica archaeology site, unearthing the artifacts of the Neolithic period some 11,000 years ago, to the Jurassic period unveiling dinosaur bones whilst taking on the role of a paleontologist. We have artifacts from ancient Australia, Ancient Europe and Ancient Asia.


While we’re playing, what might we learn?

  • Understanding the relevance of human history
  • Excavation and collection record techniques and processes
  • Enjoy the excitement of discovery

Fun Fact:
Dinosaurs lived on Earth for about 140 million years. They became extinct about 65 million years ago.