Last week, ground-breaking research on a Wiradjuri burial site at the Garra Travelling Stock Route commenced with the aim of revealing insights into traditional funeral practices. This research project highlights the importance of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Central Tablelands.
A La Trobe University archaeology team used ground penetrating radar to locate burial sites, focusing initially on a carved tree, believed to mark the grave of a highly respected Aboriginal man.
Preceding the weeklong on-ground studies, Elders, members of the Aboriginal community, researchers, and Central Tablelands staff came together for a smoking ceremony and consultation.
Consultation with the Aboriginal community is critical to the project and it is important that they are able to oversee this research on what is a very special place.