We specialise in identifying unmarked graves in remote Aboriginal communities. Our team includes both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, Flinders University and community people.
We work at the request of local communities. Our work is directed by local communities. Members of local communities are part of our team. This makes it possible to draw on community knowledge as well as technical and archaeological skills.
We have been working with remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for three decades.
Archaeological recording and identification of graves
We use archaeological techniques to identify unmarked graves in remote Aboriginal communities.
We establish a register of graves and a management system that can be maintained by community members in collaboration with local councils.
- Electronic recording of biographical and archaeological information, which can form a burial register
- Using geophysical techniques (ground penetrating radar) to locate unmarked and invisible graves
- Visiting the cemetery with family members to identify unmarked graves
- Cross-referencing the identification of unmarked graves
- Archival research about people who have passed away
- Electronic mapping of the cemetery with a precise location for each grave
- Allows the safe planning of future burials
We provide the training needed to make Aboriginal management of Aboriginal cemeteries a reality.
We have developed a model that includes archaeologists, Aboriginal people from Barunga, Northern Territory, (some of whom are archaeologists-in-training), and Aboriginal people from local communities.
In each community, local people are trained to record the graves themselves and to maintain a community register. This training provides long-term sustainability for the community.
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