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The wanton destruction of universal historic sites

The pyramids in Egypt are over 4000 years old, the oldest being the Saggara pyramid dated at 2630 BC. Stonehenge in England was built in 3000 BC. 

The rock shelter at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia, one of the earliest sites of human occupation, has been identified by archaeologists as being  46,000 years old. This historic site was bombed on 24 May 2020 by Rio Tinto to expand an iron ore mine.

The destruction of this ancient site only became know when the Traditional Owners of the site expressed a desire to use it for the NAIDOC week celebrations. There are a number of ancient sites of human activity in Australia, but few as old as the Juukan Gorge

The actual explosion took place over a week after the local traditional owners expressed a desire to access the cave. They had been told the cave had been prepared with explosives for its destruction. It was too dangerous to enter.

It appears there had been an agreement between Rio Tinto and the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) people that Rio Tinto did not have access to the caves.

To ensure that no such misunderstanding arises again, the members of the PKKP should have representation on the board of mining companies like Rio Tinto.

It in important for all humans to be able to follow the history of human development on the planet. The original owners of that land represent all humans. 

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