Wet sieving uncovers human relics 5/5/2014

Human occupation sites, such as caves, often carry a natural record of tens of thousands of years of history in the layers of dirt on the floor.


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Archaeologists have often missed some of the most interesting artefacts lost or discarded by cave dwellers because they are so tiny.

An archaeologist tole me they typically sift the soil from an occupation site through 6mm and 3mm sieves on site, and then examine the dirty gravel.

She says they get a much better result when they “wet sieve” in the laboratory as it is easier to find artefacts in clean gravel.

Science Network WA first published this story. The North West Telegraph and the Pilbara News republished it.

Aboriginal store ripoff ‘widespread’ 30/12/2008

Remote Aboriginal community stores are being ripped off throughout the Kimberley, prominent indigenous residents say.

The stores have become prime targets for unscrupulous store managers, with those doing it almost always escaping prosecution.

“They haven’t even been asked to pay the money back,” retired Aboriginal policeman Gordon Marshall said.

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