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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series 2017

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Today's date is Saturday, March 06, 2021
Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : Archaeology in the age of alternative facts -The Beeliar wetlands investigation and Roe 8 Other events...
During planning for the aborted Roe 8 highway project in the Perth metropolitan region, Noongar Traditional owners and archaeologists became concerned about protection of Aboriginal heritage place DAA 4107, which extends along the north side of Walliabup (Bibra Lake), through the Roe 8 corridor. The site’s original investigators identified 2000 Aboriginal stone artefacts at the surface, and potential for sub-surface archaeological material. Despite these values, the Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee determined the place was not a site, supposedly because the site had been disturbed – despite lack of any evidence for these claims. Identifying a lack of process, Traditional Owners and archaeologists undertook a pro bono investigation to determine whether the site was disturbed and contained sub-surface archaeological remains. A shovel test-pitting program in January 2017 revealed stone artefacts, including fossiliferous chert fragments probably older than c.5000 years, and intact pre-European deposits throughout the area assessed. Media coverage of the project was largely positive towards Aboriginal heritage. The project confirms that sub-surface archaeological assessment should have been conducted before clearing for the highway began. It also shows the value of archaeology in engaging the public and the role of research in actively contending “alternative facts”.
Speaker(s) Fiona Hook, Joe Dortch and Corina Abraham
Location Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Contact Sven Ouzman <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00
End Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:55
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