NSW: Aboriginal Cooking and Domestic Life in South West Sydney – excavations from East Leppington


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Speaker: Dr Tim Owen (GML Heritage)

Recent archaeological excavations in Leppington, in south-west Sydney, have resulted in the recovery of a diverse range of evidence of the past Aboriginal occupation of the land. The sites identified included areas used for the manufacture and use of stone tools, which are relatively common on the Cumberland Plain. However, in association with these was found a complex of ground ovens, which is almost unprecedented for the region. The ovens were used repeatedly over time, and included baked clay balls, which are thought to have functioned as heat-retainers. Leppington and surrounds has long been recognised as a historical landscape of significance. The investigation has added richness and depth to the knowledge of past human lives within this landscape.

About the speaker: Dr Tim Owen is a senior archaeologist at GML Heritage, specialising in Indigenous archaeology. Tim’s initial training was in the United Kingdom, studying international archaeology. His doctoral thesis examined past Aboriginal subsistence patterns, principally using evidence from skeletal remains from the burial ground at Swanport, South Australia, but also drawing on oral and ethnographic sources. Tim continues to be involved in academia, and now also works in consulting archaeology. Projects have included the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, former Snowy Scheme sites, and the 105 Radar Station in the Northern Territory.

Cost: $12 ($10 RAHS members), includes light refreshments

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