Sunday, May 22, 2011

Total desecration of Heritage Sites James Price Point

Nearly two years ago Redhand put up a video about the ancient Middens that could be found between James Price Point and Quondong. Yesterday, Redhand return to these sites, only to find total desecration of these national heritage and international important sites.

Eureka Archaeological Research and Consulting (Eureka) have received from the Department of Indigenous Affairs authorising them to undertake excavation and collection activities for the purposes of archaeological investigation.


This unsighted Permit allows Eureka to:

Record and collect selected stone and shell artefacts identified on archaeological sites within the proposed James Price Point development area;

Test pit stratified archaeological deposits identified within DIA 13076 (Walmadan) and collect samples of marine shell and/or charcoal for radiocarbon dating;

Undertake shovel test pits in areas of dense vegetation in order to define the eastern (inland) boundary of DIA 13076 (Walmadan); and

Undertake (if required) similar assessment and test pitting at other sites in the Project area.


The application for the Section 16 Permit was authorised by the
Environmental, Cultural and Heritage Team (ECHT) on the basis that it would enable selected artefacts to be collected from the proposed LNG precinct development area for the purposes of research.

It also will allow Eureka to define the geographic extent of the Walmadan Site (DIA 13076) through test pitting (ie digging underground to see whether there was additional archaeological material that had been buried).

The fact is that no one has sighted or can get a copy of the Section 16 permit or the Heritage Protection Agreement signed by KLC, Woodside and the State raises very serious questions.

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