Salvage Burial Sites and Human Remians for repatriation and reburial.
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An unmarked and unrecorded grave was acidentally disturbed during earthworks for a gravel-pit at the Kanowna Gold Mine. A bulldozer disturbed the grave and spread bones over a 3m x 8m area before the driver saw a leg bone and shut down the works. The remains were identified by the Police as those of an Aboriginal person and Historical age. The Company abandoned that part of the pit and I was engaged by the Mining Company to carry out the wishes of the Traditional Owners and Tribal Elders. They asked that I collect all the displaced remains, expose the disturbed parts of the grave and replace the disturbed elements as close as possible to their original position in the grave. The work was carried out under a Section 16 permit from the WA Deparment of Indigenous Affairs. The deceased person was an old man when he passed away. He had probably lived a traditional lifestyle as he had typical toothwaer and he had been buried in the traditional manner but was wrapped in a canvas sheet and was wearing clothes dating from the 1890's - his teeth were also stained by tobbacco and he had several decayed teeth and a large jaw abcess, which may have been fatal. Tooth decay is only seen in post-contact skeletons when Indigneous people gained access to white mans sugar.
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