Ground-breaking research on a Wiradjuri burial site located at Garra TSR (Travelling Stock Route),NSW, could soon reveal new insights into traditional funeral practices, highlighting the importance of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Central Tablelands region of NSW.
The La Trobe university archaeology used ground penetrating radar to locate burial sites, focusing initially on a carved tree and burial mound, believed to mark the grave of a highly respected Aboriginal man.
Wiradjuri man and Senior Land Services Officer (Indigenous Communities), Greg Ingram and Senior Wiradjuri Elder James Williams, both spoke with CAAMA's Josef Jakamarra Egger about the significance of this groundbreaking research.
“Once the burial spot has been confirmed, the archaeologists will use three-dimensional mapping to survey the area and identify clues about how traditional burials were conducted in the past.” - Wiradjuri man and Senior Land Services Officer (Indigenous Communities), Greg Ingram
"With some of the local Eders from the Orange area, we're guiding and using our cultural knowledge, providing information to the reasearchers,local Land Services and other members of the community so that they get a better understanding. It can be utilised for educational purposes, once we know more information about the grave site. This information will be available for generations and generations in the future." - Senior Wiradjuri Elder James Williams
The three-dimensional mapping employed during the Garra TSR project will be used to create educational tools to promote local Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and to train Local Land Services staff in cultural awareness.