Over the weekend I decided to take a break from personal family matters and headed for the hills with my brother to carry out some Aboriginal/Indigenous archaeology, my brother is a field officer for the Aboriginal department and has much knowledge on the subject and sites and locations.
We both have an avid interest in locating and recording old and new finds, new finds are recorded and documented and passed on for Aboriginal and government analysis.It is a sensitive area to be involved in as sites can be many years old and protected by the decendants or elders of the ancient sites.The sites we located this weekend , to my estimation , are over 25,000 years old,sometimes its not advisable to report certain sites due to the publicity it raises, giving rise to it becoming a tourist attraction inviting desecration and souvenir hunters, so these sites are recorded in documentation and the sites left to the original inhabitants who inhabited and hunted through the lands many thousands of years ago.
We took over 150 photographs this trip, the terrain was mountainous and strewn with boulders that actually form the mountain range, I share with you some pics that are not case sensitive.
This picture is known as a canoe or scar tree, the indigenous peoples cut the bark from the tree to use as canoes or shields and had many other uses such as for carrying food, babys and hunting and gathering tools.In the case of this picture the bark was removed to be used as the roofing over their
basic shelter which is known by many names including Gunya,Mia mia or Wurley.
It is important to illustrate proportions when carrying out this work so I have used this picture, I am 6 feet tall or 2 metres tall, using this as a guide you will see the bark removed to be at least 3 metres tall and is approximately 2 metres wide, this size bark is ample to cover 2 adults and children and the hunting dogs as well, the Aborigines never harmed the tree as they only removed the bark , this allowed for regrowth leading to what we see today as scar tree or canoe tree.
This tree is a great example of a canoe tree, the bark has been removed to the shape of a canoe, for some yet undetermined reason the interior was burnt for a purpose , yet at the same time allowing for the tree to florish and grow.
This pic is of us returning from our journey , the road is starting to become waterlogged from the rainfall flowing from the mountains, this is the same road we had driven over hours before when it was completely dry,it is a well known fact in Australia, that seemingly dry areas can quickly turn into raging torrents, a trap for many tourists that unfortunately dont understand our weather and its
These two pics illustrate the mountainous terrain we traversed in our work, you will note it is extremely rocky, slippery with rain and hard to negotiate without care,nearly a few sprained ankles a few times for the old Emu.
This picture is the beginning of the subject matter of our research and borders on the sensitive material side, surffice to say that the rock formation and structure were what we were looking for , again you can see the rocky terrain, an area never walked by man for many thousands of years.
This is a beautiful wild bush flower that has brilliant purple type colour, we found it growing in many areas and I was told the name but damned if I can remember it, beautiful and thick foliage.
Well thats a brief summary of the latest sojourn into a great hobby of mine, Aboriginal Archaelogy, I will show you the pics that I couldn’t here when they are cleared for publication.in this area of research, just taking a picture does not automatically allow for publication as the finds are forwarded to Government departments. Notwithstanding my brother and I deem prudent to sometimes keep things to ourselves to preserve the past in its own spiritual way.
Hope you enjoyed my story.