Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ancient Australian Aboriginal Houses Discovered - An Exciting New Find in Australia

An extraordinary discovery of ancient Australian aboriginal houses made of stone may confirm that some of Australia's first inhabitants lived in settlements, not just as nomads. These houses, discovered near Tyrendarra, were unearthed by recent fierce fires. Visible now are remnants of the stone houses with some measuring 5 metres wide and laid out in an arrangement like a village. Also found were eel traps, walking tracks and bits from cutting tools. Australian researchers believe a similar site near Lake Condah was a place for smoking eels used for barter with other aboriginal communities in Australia.

"This is very early aquaculture," said Matt Butt, a land management supervisor. "People talk about the Egyptians 3000 years ago, but this is something else."

Around the rocks marking the houses lies discarded flints. "These flints are not made from rock you find here," Butt said. "They come from the coast. It makes you think."

These discoveries may boost interest in the Australian aboriginal culture and their exquisite art. For equally exquisite native artwork from the North American continent, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.

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