First underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites found off the coast of WA’s Pilbara region


An international team of archaeologists from Flinders University, The University of Western Australia, James Cook University, ARA – Airborne Research Australia and the University of York (United Kingdom) in partnership with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation have discovered Australia’s first underwater Aboriginal archaeological site at Cape Bruguieres and Flying Foam Passage in Western Australia.

The artefacts found include cutting, grinding and stone tools that were once on dry land.

These discoveries have prompted the need for stronger Aboriginal heritage laws to protect and manage underwater heritage sites.


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