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EBS Heritage were engaged to conduct a cultural heritage desktop assessment and cultural heritage survey near Coffin Bay on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. EBS Heritage archaeologists and anthropologists conducted the survey with client representatives and the Nauo Aboriginal Community. The survey was conducted as a combination vehicular and pedestrian survey at the request of the Aboriginal participants. This is a very popular surveying approach when carrying out heritage surveys over large areas in a short period of time. No heritage sites as defined by the Aboriginal Heritage Act were identified in the survey, although a large number of limestone rock holes/sink holes were found and recorded.
Rock holes/sink can hold cool water for long periods after heavy rain and as such they provided excellent sources of fresh water for Aboriginal people as they traversed the landscape. Sources of water (including rock holes) can be important sites of mythological importance for Aboriginal people and are often associated with dreaming beings and their journeys across the landscape. As a result of the survey, the Nauo Aboriginal people were engaged by the client as Cultural Monitors and all recorded rock holes were avoided in respect to the wishes of the Traditional Owners.
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