Arts and culture

ABoriginal hearth

January 2019: In the north-west corner of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment site, an Aboriginal hearth has been uncovered during test excavations conducted by an expert group of Aboriginal Archaeology.

These are considered to have been carried onto the site by the Aboriginal occupants in the past. Although some may have been used for ochre body painting or rock art stencilling, their function is largely unknown.

“The team is hopeful the stones can assist with dating the age of the Aboriginal occupation of this part of dune,” said Mary Dallas, Principal Heritage Consultant, Mary Dallas Consulting Archaeologists.

In consultation with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage, the artefacts have been successfully removed and will be securely stored until a permanent home can be found. Analysis and documentation of all finds will be carried out with a focus on handling the artefacts ethically to ensure the integrity of the find.