Although devastating, the recent Australian wildfires have brought with them something worth cherishing. The destruction caused by the blazing fires have unearthed an ancient aboriginal aquaculture system, believed to have been built before the Egyptian pyramids. Here is all we know about them so far. By Bayar Jain
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Lost for words…heart broken…feeling so helpless! These are the sentiments that the country has been feeling to the depths of its soul. But in the midst of all of this, we have seen incredible displays of courage, community and commitment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks seems so pitiful to say at this time, but thank you to all who have helped out across the world, from the incredibly brave firefighters, to all those supporting them, from the volunteers at all the organisations providing aid for the people and the animals, those who have packed relief kits and those who have donated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There have been many posts about the incredible organisations that you can donate to directly, but I wanted to let you know about 2 events that are happening in Perth to help out the victims of these unprecedented fires: @thedutchtradingco have teamed up with some great local breweries and the proceeds of all beers sold from these Karma Kegs this weekend will go directly to the Bushfire Appeal @longchimperth are hosting Vineaid on Monday Jan 13th with all proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items going directly to @vinteloper who lost EVERYTHING in the Adelaide Hills fires. Tickets via their SM @bread_in_common together with @_bibandtucker_ , @manukawoodfirekitchen and @simonjohnsonprovidore are holding a fundraiser dinner 31st January with all proceeds to @redcrossau. Tickets via their SM @odyssea_citybeach are hosting a long table dinner Thursday 20th February. Tickets via their SM @lionsandtigersfreo and @duckduckbruce donating 20% of their takings to the appeal @picabarperth donating proceeds from all sales this Saturday ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Know of any other local events happening to help those in need? Feel free to post below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WE ARE ONE….BUT WE ARE MANY!!!
The Australian wildfires have revealed an ancient aquaculture system built by indigenous people, which is thought to predate the time of the Pyramids of Egypt. Situated south-west of Victoria, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape features an elaborate series of channels and pools set up by the Gunditjmara people. Until now, these stone dwellings – which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List last year – were believed to date back to around 6,600 years. However, after the bush fires subsided, extra sites were spotted as well.
Once hidden under dense vegetation, these newly discovered sites are believed to be a part of the aquaculture system. Following this revelation, a survey will be undertaken by archaeologists, indigenous rangers, and aerial photographers to study these findings further. Photographers will make use of specialised software to map out the entire region, and gain a better understanding of the complex channels, weirs, and dams.
Since the fire broke out in the island nation in December, firefighters have been putting their best foot forward to contain the blaze, including the ones which broke out in and around the Budj Bim National Park. Although the incident has been brought under control now, it is estimated that over seven million hectares of land turned to ash in the process. Thousands of houses have also been destroyed, while many species of animals are on the verge of extinction.