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20 November 2023

Biosis experts lead archaeological examinations in Kakadu National Park

Recently, some of our dedicated consultants, in collaboration with Aboriginal Traditional Owners, undertook a remarkable archaeological survey at the Anlarrh bininj bush camp in the breathtaking Kakadu National Park, located in the Northern Territory.

Working hand in hand with Traditional Owner Jeffrey Lee and collaborating closely with staff from the University of Adelaide and Parks Australia (Kakadu), Biosis' Senior Heritage Consultant Dr Samuel Dix, Graduate Heritage Consultant Natalie Simmons, and Team Leader - GIS (Victoria) Sally Mitchell successfully uncovered a treasure trove of historical heritage.

The group located and mapped a series of Aboriginal shelters, cooking pits, and earth ovens. They also found a collection of astonishing artefacts dating back to the time of the Nourlangie Safari Camp in the 1950s and 1960s.

This ground-breaking work represents a significant milestone as some of the very first historical archaeological examinations of such sites within the area. Our team pushed their equipment to new limits, undertaking rigorous field tests of their differential GPS systems in the remote and challenging terrain of Kakadu National Park.

The result was highly accurate recording of the sites, allowing for detailed archaeological examination and more effective park management of the area.

The work ensures that this site can be better managed by Parks Australia (Kakadu) and aids Traditional Owners in their quest to document important historical sites where they and their families lived and worked.

At Biosis, we are passionate about developing the skills and knowledge of our consultants, and we are proud to have been able to support this group of staff to pursue such an interesting professional development opportunity.

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