Land Sea & Water

Old Chinese coin found in Arnhem Land adds another layer to our ancient trading

There has been regular trading along the northern coast of Australia with other countries for many centuries before the British arrived. Here is an interesting find that puts some further light on the trading lines.

The coin was found on a beach on Elcho Island, part of the Wessel Islands off the coast of Arnhem Land, NT, during an exploratory expedition of scientists in consultation with the local traditional owners. Read more about Old Chinese coin found in Arnhem Land adds another layer to our ancient trading

Kangaroos win when Aborigines hunt with fire

spinifex grass as a way to expose burrows occupied by sand monitor lizards.

The Martu people in remote Western Australia hunt kangaroos and set small grass fires to catch lizards, as they have many thousands of years. A University of Utah researcher found such man-made disruption boosts kangaroo populations – showing how co-evolution helped marsupials and made First Nations people into conservationists.

The findings suggest that Australia might want to encourage small-scale burning to bolster wildlife populations in certain areas. Read more about Kangaroos win when Aborigines hunt with fire

Governments fail to protect one of the world's important sites from vandals

Elders and rangers are devastated by the vandalism at Burrup

Further damage by vandals has been discovered at the site of some of the world's oldest and largest Aboriginal carvings, which have laid undisturbed for centuries on the Burrup Peninsula. Not only is the site vulnerable to the destruction of country meted out some of Australia's biggest mining projects, but there is also a total failure of governments to protect the site from grand theft and casual vandals.

The true owners say they do not want to have to close off areas to the public. Read more about Governments fail to protect one of the world's important sites from vandals

Environmentalist takes Warren Mundine to task over cheap inaccurate statement

Key environmentalist, Dr Jim Green, has taken issue with Warren Mundine's environmental comments early in June 2014.

Mr Mundine challenged green groups ‘to name one place in Australia where they would support a new mine'. Mr Mundine wrote, that he is ‘still waiting for an answer'. Dr Green said that if Mr Mundine had asked him he would have responded and he can name six States and two Territories where I would support a new mine. Read more about Environmentalist takes Warren Mundine to task over cheap inaccurate statement

Hunter gatherers: Invented to undermine First Nations people

The book argues the idea that the first Australians were hunter gatherers has been invented to undermine Aboriginal people.

"My message to my own people," he says, "is the rest of the country's not going to change if we don't stick up for our culture; and our culture was one where we had an agricultural economy. If we stick up for our culture, it'll be useful not just for us but for the whole of Australia, because some of those crops that our people were growing are going to be useful in the future." Read more about Hunter gatherers: Invented to undermine First Nations people

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