One of the largest returns of Australian Aboriginal remains has been commemorated at the University of Sydney.
A ceremony marked the return of the 250th set of ancestral bones held by the university’s Museum of Anatomy.
Community elders had travelled from two outback towns for the occasion.
The remains of six Aborigines began their journey home with a traditional ceremony to cleanse the soul.
The bones were wrapped in tree bark from their local communities to protect the spirits of the dead, before they were handed back to tribal elders from the towns of Armidale and Tamworth in New South Wales.
For years the skeletons of the first Australians were collected around the world.
Aborigines were often considered to be anthropological oddities - their skull size and bone structure attracted great academic interest. Read more.
REGINA — Somewhere along the South Saskatchewan River, lying beneath whispering prairie grass, is a secret aboriginal burial ground owned and operated by the provincial government.
The historic remains of nearly 200 unidentified aboriginals have been reunited with Mother Earth here during the last 14 years.
Not many people know about the remote spot and the province isn’t putting it on any tourist maps, says Carlos Germann, director of Saskatchewan’s heritage conservation branch.
“There’s a certain level of confidentiality that has to be maintained here,” he says. “This is considered a very sacred burial ground to First Nations, unique in that it accommodates all different tribal affiliations.”
Germann says it’s the only one like it in the country. Read more.
MORE ancient Aboriginal remains have been found on the site of the $291 million Seaford rail extension, the Transport Department has confirmed.
The bones were found on Monday - the fourth time such a discovery has been made since work on the project began earlier this year.
In February, work came to a standstill after the bones of three Aboriginal people were dug up by excavation workers near the corner of Lovelock Drv and Old Honeypot Rd, Noarlunga Downs, over three separate days.
The discovery prompted Kaurna elders to call for the rail extension route to be veered slightly off course around Old Honeypot Rd. Read more.