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46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site destroyed in mine blast

A mining blast has destroyed an important indigenous site dating back 46,000 years in Western Australia’s north, Rio Tinto. The Australian PM, Scott Morrison’s policies had been criticized widely for pushing the island nation to a state of irreversible Climate damage. A government spokesman argued that the blast was unfortunate but will not be repeated due to the recent legislative changes -made to restrict the exploitation of nature.

Rio Tinto detonated explosives in an area of the Juukan Gorge on Sunday, destroying two ancient deep-time rock shelters, much to the distress of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people.

The mining giant was granted approval for work in 2013, but subsequent archaeological excavation revealed ancient artifacts including grinding stones, a bone sharpened into a tool, and 4000-year-old braided hair.

Puutu Kunti Kurrama Land Committee chair John Ashburton said there were fewer than a handful of indigenous sites that were as old, and the importance of the discoveries should not be underestimated.

“Our people are deeply troubled and saddened by the destruction of these rock shelters, and are grieving the loss of connection to our ancestors as well as our land,” he said.

Australia saw an unprecedented rise in wildfires which forced the country to close all highways and isolate the forest areas. The population of the Australian Kaula is close to extinction after the wildfires destroyed its natural habitat.

 

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