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Photo Credit - DEWLP You can see a pink channel from one area of dark red through blue and into pink again. That is one of the man-made channels recently revealed that is evidence of the fish and eel farming and trapping.

Discoveries At Budj Bim

Discoveries At Budj Bim

Photo Credit - DEWLP You can see a pink channel from one area of dark red through blue and into pink again. That is one of the man-made channels recently revealed that is evidence of the fish and eel farming and trapping.

New Tech Reveals Previously Unrecorded Relics

Exciting laser mapping technology used at the Budj Bim World Heritage site is revealing eel and fish traps and stone huts that had previously gone unrecorded.

The technology, known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), scans through thick scrub and bush to identify and map the terrain, revealing features not seen by the naked eye.

Budj Bim, on Gunditjmara Country in south-western Victoria, is one of the world’s finest examples of ancient aquaculture and hydraulic engineering.

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A collaboration between the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Land Use Victoria has provided the world-first opportunity to map and visualise the natural and man-made landscape over Budj Bim using the LiDAR technology.

Once captured, full ownership of the mapping data and spatial information was transferred over to the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation. Recent data obtained has helped identify hidden groups of stone hut bases under vegetation and a 115-metre extension of a fish trap complex in the aquaculture system. The technology has helped expand the knowledge about one of the oldest and most extensive aquaculture systems in the world.

Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Damein Bell is excited by the discoveries.

“It was amazing to see what the laser mapping could do, on Country, to show the engineering of our ancestors so that we can show our Elders.

“For all that’s been taken and stolen and handed back since colonisation, we’ve found that Country itself holds its stories and as we’re the Traditional Owners, we’ve got the primacy to access these stories.”

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