2 weeks ago
Ancient Civilizations Week, Day 5!⠀
Today I’m going to take a different take on “ruins”. What I’m highlighting today aren’t exactly ruins (ie. They aren’t structures in a state of decay).
The focus today is on Australian Aboriginal culture. I should start by noting that there isn’t a single Aboriginal culture. There are lots of them. Just as there are many tribes of Native Americans in the US, there are many different tribes of Aboriginals in Australia, all with different languages and cultures. In fact, there are some great maps which show the linguistic divisions of Aboriginal languages in Australia, and it is quite diverse. ⠀
As with North American native people, there aren’t many permanent structures in Australia which were left Aboriginals people. However, there is an abundance of evidence to show their presence.
One of the biggest things is rock art. You can find Aboriginal rock art dating back 10,000 years in Australia. One of the best places you can see this art is in Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. I’ve uploaded several examples of Kakadu rock art on this post.
Another great place you can find evidence of ancient Aboriginal people is in Mungo National Park, New South Wales. Located in the Outback, just north of the city of Mildura, Victoria, here you can find evidence of humans which dates back 40,000 years. This is some of the earliest evidence we have of what we would consider modern humans. These are people who would look and seem just like us. ⠀
In Mungo, you can literally see ancient bones of wombats and other animals which have been left by people camping on the shore of an ancient lake tens of thousands of years ago. It is remarkable when you can see this sort of evidence in situ. ⠀
If you visit Australia, you should definite make meeting local Aboriginal people and learning about their culture part of your trip. ⠀
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