Mining Company Blows Up 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site, Expresses No Regrets

Mining Company Blows Up 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site, Expresses No Regrets
Source: Gizmodo



A culturally important archaeological site in Western Australia was destroyed this past weekend during the expansion of an iron ore mine. Upsettingly, the mining company responsible for the incident did so with state permission, exposing Australia’s weak and bigoted heritage conservation laws.

The Juukan 1 and Juukan 2 rock shelters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia were destroyed by mining blasts on Sunday. This is devastating news, as the rock shelters were occupied by indigenous Australians more than 46,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest heritage sites in the country. It’s a huge cultural loss for the site’s traditional owners, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People (PKKP), as well as archaeologists who had not fully investigated it.

Mining company Rio Tinto destroyed the sites to expand its Brockman 4 iron ore mine, which lies immediately adjacent to sites in the Juukan Gorge. A hugely frustrating aspect of this story is that Rio Tinto was allowed to do it under state law, as the mining company procured ministerial consent in 2013 under Section 18 of Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act.



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https://earther.gizmodo.com/mining-company-blows-up-46-000-year-old-aboriginal-site-1843729409


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