Connecting Country: Jaowyn Homeland Project

Waikato's Archeological Research
Rock art sample dating to 28,000 years ago. (Photo courtesy of the Journal of Archaeological Science (Figure 1.)

Thousands of rock art sites have been recently rediscovered within Jawoyn country and are awaiting detailed investigation. These sites include some with depictions of extinct animals (the Tasmanian tiger Thylacinus, possibly the giant flightless bird Genyornis, and others) and many have intact occupation deposits created when the ancestors camped at the sites, some going back more than 45,000 years.

Found at the site is a piece of the world’s oldest reliably dated ground stone axe dating back to 35,000 years ago.

Jawoyn history concerns the ancestors, the land on which they walked, and the sites in which they resided.  Finding out about the Jawoyn past requires a number of approaches, each aimed at bringing to light different aspects of Jawoyn culture and Jawoyn country.  Connecting Country consists of a variety of projects, each aimed at revealing a different aspect of Jawoyn history. Cosmos magazine published this article about the project in May 2012.

The project is a collaboration between the Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation, Dr Bruno David and his team at Monash University and a network of Australian and French Universities, along with Dr Fiona Petchey here at the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, the team's lab of choice.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Connecting Country: Jaowyn Homeland Project website.