Happy National Science Week!

August 23, 2022

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Join Dr Kevin Rains as he discusses glass found on the Cross River Rail project

To celebrate National Science Week 2022, Cross River Rail offered a range of free educational opportunities for people to learn about the science behind Queensland’s largest infrastructure project.
In keeping with this year’s theme of glass, Niche’s Dr Kevin Rains, Associate – QLD Heritage, hosted a thrilling and insightful discussion on the glass artefacts found during the Cross River Rail excavations and what archaeologists can learn from them.
Through the Cross River Rail looking glass
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/BqpS9YZW_Ts
After dark online
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/hdueM_PV6x0

About the project

Since 2018 Niche has provided archaeological services for the State government funded Cross River Rail project. Services include the preparation of detailed archaeological assessments, research designs, advice and archaeological investigations within the underground station precincts and associated areas.
These works were guided by the Cross River Rail Archaeological Management Plan, prepared by Niche in 2019, and have involved ground investigation and salvage of targeted areas of archaeological potential within the project footprint, artefact analysis and reporting to the client and State agencies. In delivering the project. Niche took a highly collaborative approach, drawing on existing links and expertise from the Queensland Museum and University of Queensland to move the project beyond compliance to one providing opportunities for public education and engagement, academic research and hands-on employment for budding archaeology students.
“One of the key legacies of the project has been a collection of several thousand artefacts, including unique and rare items, providing a glimpse of life in Brisbane from the 1860s to early 1900s. This collection is being housed by the Queensland Museum for current and future research.”
Dr Kevin Rains – Senior Heritage Consultant, Brisbane
To find out more, read our project case study: Cross River Rail – Historical archaeology update
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