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Iron Ore Wharf demolition: Underwater Archaeological Survey. Darwin


In 2008, Cosmos Archaeology conducted an underwater archaeological survey at Iron Ore Wharf in Port Darwin, Northern Territory; prior to its demolition. The aim of the investigation was to determine the variety, extent, condition and cultural significance of submerged archaeological remains under and around the wharf, and to recommend measures to mitigate the impact of the works in the area on the cultural remains. The survey found ballast moulds and other artefacts such as bottles, that were most likely associated with the late 1860s and 70s anchorage for the newly established town of Darwin. Material culture associated with World War II, such as glass drink containers, were also found.