Indigenous science

For over 50,000 years the Noongar people of southwestern Australia possessed a complex scientific understanding of the natural world. They were familiar with the phenological breeding cycles and feeding habits of animals, birds, plants, reptiles and fish on which they depended for food. They were probably the world’s first astronomers in that they relied on … Continued

“Giving it back”

The philosophy of our virtual shed is to make anthropological information available in a clear, easy-to-read style and to give the reader awareness that anthropology is the study of us all. It can really make a difference when we develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and traditions. Our shed, like other anthropologists’ sheds, is … Continued

Noongar artefacts: evidence of coastal habitation at South Cottesloe

The hammer stone was found in a sand dune in the vicinity of the Vlamingh Memorial. The artefact is made from a fossiliferous sedimentary material (source of stone unknown).  Description: oval shaped, length 100mm, width 80mm, thickness 20mm, weight 450 grams. Colour grey, texture course grained. Pitting and some battering marks at the centre on … Continued