Destruction of archaeological site in WA on par with work of the Taliban

In 2001, the Taliban blew up the ancient Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan. In 2020 mining company Rio Tinto blew up Aboriginal rock shelters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They had been inhabited by Aboriginal people 46,000 years ago. The sites had deep historical and cultural significance. The shelters are the only inland site in Australia showing human occupation continuing through the last Ice Age. The loss is felt by Aboriginal people and archaeologists from around the world. Lynette Russell says tighter laws are required to protect such rare sites.

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