31 January 2014

Big dig at Neds Corner Station

In the news today was this interview with Dr Jillian Garvey who is currently carrying out an archaeological dig at Neds Corner Station.


20 January 2014

Archaeological dig continues

Dr Jillian Garvey continues her archaeological dig at Neds Corner Station, which is part of a six-year project funded by the Australian Research Council. At the moment, Dr Garvey and her students are excavating a shell midden along the Murray River, in which they have found artefacts that suggest that the midden had been used by Indigenous people to cook and eat shellfish collected from the river at various times, spanning over thousands of years.

‘Lake Mungo in New South Wales has been extensively researched by archaeologists searching for evidence of human occupation in ancient times,’ Dr Garvey said.

‘However, we know little about human use of the landscape in this rich riverine environment only a couple of hundred kilometres south of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.

‘This is the first ARC grant for Indigenous archaeology awarded in Victoria in recent times, so it’s exciting to think of the discoveries that lie ahead for us between now and 2020,’ Dr Garvey said.

Dr Garvey’s research on Neds Corner Station and the adjoining Murray-Sunset National Park is located in an area that has already yielded evidence of 15,000 years of human occupation, but she believes that the project may find evidence of human occupation similar to that already known from Lake Mungo (dating back as far as 40,000 years).


This story was also featured in Saturday's Sunraysia Daily:


15 January 2014

Thunderstorms at Neds

The staff at Neds Corner Station have expereinced gale force winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms over the past couple of days. They are hoping this will dampen the ground and help keep things a little bit cooler. Temperatures have been hovering around 45C.


7 January 2014

Neds staff finally see Major Mitchell Cockatoos

Since starting at Neds Corner Station, Manager, Peter Barnes, has dreamt of seeing Major Mitchell Cockatoos. When he was out doing fence repairs recently, he spotted a flock of 34 of the birds feeding in Acacia trees. Major Mitchell's have declined in arid areas due to habitat clearance. They will not nest close to one another, and therefore need a large area of unfragmented woodland to raise their young.



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