Ruins of a 200-year-old pub uncovered beneath apartment developments in Sydney

A little bit of history has been discovered in Sydney, with developers uncovering one of the country's oldest pubs while building an apartment block.

Sydney town was only 12 years old when patrons crowded into The Wheatsheaf pub in Parramatta to drink rums and ales.

Lead archaeologist Dr Ted Higginbotham told Nine News the discovery tells us "an incredibly detailed story of how they live".

"The standard of living, how they ate, what they ate."

Builders uncovered the cellar of the pub dating back to the 1800s during construction.

Following the discovery, developers called in a team of archaeologists led by Dr Higginbotham.

"The archaeology reveals the contribution of many early settlers to the development of Parramatta," Dr Higglebotham said.