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Our firm is experienced in undertaking archaeological excavations and the salvage of Aboriginal sites and places as per the standard requirements of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs for clients seeking consent under Section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act (1972) to use land containing an Aboriginal site or plac for a particular purpose. Scientific analysis of salvaged and excavated material can yield new information about Aboriginal prehistory and such information and discussion can be integrated into previous archaeological research of the wider area. Additionally, the participation of the Aboriginal stakeholders in the excavation and analysis results in positive engagement as well as providing contemporary cultural interpretation of the use of the excavated objects.
The Excavation of Seven Aboriginal Sites within the Winyama Project:
As part of the Winyama Project, which was undertaken by our firm for the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in 2012, seven Aboriginal sites were excavated and analysed in the Cape Lambert area of the coastal Pilbara in Western Australia. More...
As part of the Winyama Project, which was undertaken by our firm for the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in 2012, seven Aboriginal sites were excavated and analysed in the Cape Lambert area of the coastal Pilbara in Western Australia.
The subsequent analysis of the excavated material provided an insight into site formation and occupation trends, including how the ancestors of the Ngarluma people have used the coastal areas around Cape Lambert as a resource over the last 4,000 years.Hide...
The Excavation of Ngurin #1 – Sharing Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Heritage:
In 2013, the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and the Yindjibardni Aboriginal Corporation, together with our firm, signed an agreement to work collaboratively together to undertake the excavation of Ngurin #1. More...
In 2013, the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and the Yindjibardni Aboriginal Corporation, together with our firm, signed an agreement to work collaboratively together to undertake the excavation of Ngurin #1. This agreement was significant, as it meant that both corporations worked together to share their unique knowledge about their traditional country in a manner that ensured that the Ngarluma and Yindjbarndi stakeholders owned their intellectual property and owned the entire project from its commencement to the production of the results.
The particular site is in danger as it is located on a creek bank and is eroding away, resulting in valuable scientific and cultural information being lost. Our firm conducted the excavation in November 2013 with Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi stakeholders and volunteers.
The preliminary results from the excavation are very positive and were presented by our firm in collaboration with Ngarluma and Yindjibardni stakeholders at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in December 2013 at Coffs Harbour. The paper entitled ‘The Excavation of Ngurin #1: An Open-Air Artefact Scatter in the Western Pilbara, WA’.
In November 2014, when analysis of the excavated material was completed, our firm along with two Ngarluma stakeholders returned the cultural material excavated from the site, as the final output of the excavation.
This excavation was supported with funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program, the Ngarluma Tharndu Karrungu Maya Ltd as Trustee for the Ngarluma Charitable Trust, and the Australian Archaeological Association.Hide...
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