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Around Australia are many sites sacred to the Aboriginal people, usually meaning the details cannot be divulged to outsiders, including the "white fellers" whose ancestors arrived only in recent centuries. This site of ancient rock carvings (petroglyphs) goes by the name of Ewaninga and is in the Northern Territory. While the age and significance are secret to the Elder men of the Arrernte People, it has been estimated at between 30-40,000 years. The site is accessible for visits and is part of a Conservation Reserve run by the NT Parks and Wildlife Service.

I (and most Australians) have been horrified and outraged in recent days to read that a major mining company in Western Australia, in the course of ripping out iron ore, has destroyed two caves containing sacred sites , with archaeological evidence showing occupation going back 46,000 years. They should have been World Heritage protected. The mining company's response could be summarised as "Oops, nobody told us it was important".

Not only do Black Lives Matter, so does Black Heritage!

Günter Klaus, Luc Reiniche, Gudrun, buonacoppi and 37 other people have particularly liked this photo

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I imagine a lot of effort on many people's part went into making sure they didn't know it was important. Sometimes I feel ashamed to be part of the human race. And yet it was humans who created and cherished these beautiful places. Your photograph is gorgeous as is the light.
3 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Jean
Thank you very much and I'd fully agree, Jean. I've now added a link to the full story in my notes. Thanks also for your very kind comment on the image.
3 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful captured. Great colours, light and textures. An impressive rock!
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That is tragic George! I would give them oops with a huge fine! The heritage of every country matters. Thank you for the beautiful picture and the information.
3 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
I fully agree, Rosa, but unfortunately the Western Australian state laws have holes in them large enough to drive giant mining trucks through (link now in details). Hopefully this will bring some changes.
3 years ago.
Very beautiful work!
3 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Your story draws attention to the fact that, firstly, we do not have to understand everything ... and secondly, greed for profit is much more important in our time when great cultural heritage is being destroyed
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! That’s such an impressive sight, George ! And thanks for the story about this landscape !
3 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What an interesting (and sad) story to read.
The image is just stunning.
3 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Une belle capture révélatrice,c'est vraiment dommage
d'en arriver la et de saccager un tel trésor.
Bonne soirée.
3 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Great shot....... and very interesting text!!!!!!
3 years ago.
Xata club
Fully agree with you, shame on the mining company and thanks for sharing this part of world's Culture and History.
3 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Totally agree George.
3 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Extraordinary capture and great commentary! I share your outrage at this senseless sacrilege. Hope people divest from this mining company until they cease this irreversible destruction that smacks of outright racism towards the Aboriginal people. Stay well!

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3 years ago.
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Horrible and inconceivable, not the photo, but the almost cynical remark of the mining company. Any child could have imagined that this is an important and significant cultural heritage. Thanks for sharing, George!
Stay safe and well!
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
Je suis très choquée par cette triste nouvelle
L'argent roi et le cynisme des grandes compagnies , qui achètent tout et corrompent ::
3 years ago.
Annemarie club
Impressive rock. Great story! And horrible what man can do for profit
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Oh dear, I agree with you George, terrible. It's very sad what the world has come to :-(
Stay well my friend.
3 years ago.
©UdoSm club
I have seen such old rock pictures at Uluru and Kata Tjuta...
3 years ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
The mining industry is just environmental vandalism writ large. No conscience, no morals. That Rio Tinto action was horrifying. The other appalling activity of the mining fraternity is fracking and continued fossil fuel extraction.
Our current pollies are a disgrace to encourage it all.
Hugs George
3 years ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
Striking POV.
3 years ago.
Beautiful photo, great information and horrible news about the sites that were destroyed.
3 years ago.
Thanks for your visit and kind comments.
3 years ago.
Have a good day.
3 years ago.
Léopold club
Culprits shall get life sentence at least.
3 years ago.
Amelia club
This destruction is horrifying, but it goes on in other countries too, George. The loss of such irreplaceable heritage is shocking.
3 years ago.
 Nicolas Mertens
Nicolas Mertens club
There is no end to corporate indecency...
Great shot, however.
3 years ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S.
Oh. George. This is unbelievable! In any job site of this kind they are supposed to have a specialised inspector that checks to make sure they are not disturbing archeological sites, just like they have one for safety! They just can't get away with "ops"!!!! And you are right, behaving like black heritage does not matter is exactly the same as allowing black lives not to matter!
3 years ago.
Annalia S. has added
Went back and read the article at the link you provided. It looks like they did know and put a lot of effort into NOT telling the aboriginal owners exactly what was going to happen until it was too late. Looks like the govt. has a question or two to answer as well!
3 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Annalia S.
Yes, the legal powers for this rest with the State government and, though that has changed political sides over the years it seems that it suits them to leave this hollow legislation in place (the West Australian economy largely rests on the mining industry). Sadly, Annalia, it seems that dollars talk loudest!
3 years ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg
Only profit counts - it's a shame!
3 years ago.
 Special K
Special K
This is just incredible! I saw a documentary about these rock carvings on German TV a few months ago and can't believe that greed has gained the upper hand again... So sad!
3 years ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi George

Thanks very much for sharing this with us. I agree, the relics should have been left well alone.

I see no excuse for vandalism of anything (including statues.. see our news..)
Nor do I see whatever wrongs which others may have done as an excuse for public disorder, rioting, looting, etc etc as these various groups have engaged in recently.

Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
3 years ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
Das ist echt schlimm,dass man solch heilige Stätten angreift lieber George,diese rötlichen Felsen sind sehr schön mit diesen Zeichnungen drinnen :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Sonntag,liebe Grüße Güni :))
4 weeks ago.

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