Murujuga and Cape Brugieres

Language Points

Guugu Yimithirr

In the area known as Murujuga in north-western Western Australia, there are many petroglyphs / rock carvings, over one million of them. The oldest are about 40,000 years old. This may be the oldest art we know about in the world. The most recent were carved in the 1800s by the Yabuara people, who were murdered or driven off their land during the Flying Foam massacre in 1868. The Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is working with the government to preserve this important cultural site.

Cape Brugieres, in the Dampier archipelago, off the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia is the first Aboriginal underwater archeological site that has been found.  Many stone tools have been found on the seabed, as well as a freshwater spring. Scientists think that people lived here until the sea submerged this area between 18,000 and 7,000 years ago.

Traditional owners everywhere in Australia know many stories about Sea Country. Many more sites that people once used to live at and that are now under the sea could be found in the future.

English

In the area known as Murujuga in north-western Western Australia, there are many petroglyphs / rock carvings, over one million of them. The oldest are about 40,000 years old. This may be the oldest art we know about in the world. The most recent were carved in the 1800s by the Yabuara people, who were murdered or driven off their land during the Flying Foam massacre in 1868. The Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is working with the government to preserve this important cultural site.

Cape Brugieres, in the Dampier archipelago, off the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia is the first Aboriginal underwater archeological site that has been found.  Many stone tools have been found on the seabed, as well as a freshwater spring. Scientists think that people lived here until the sea submerged this area between 18,000 and 7,000 years ago.

Traditional owners everywhere in Australia know many stories about Sea Country. Many more sites that people once used to live at and that are now under the sea could be found in the future.