Survey to assess Horrocks site for Aboriginal cultural and historical significance

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Shire of Northampton chief executive Gary Keeffe.
Camera IconShire of Northampton chief executive Gary Keeffe. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

A potential historical Aboriginal hunting and food processing site in Horrocks uncovered by accident during road planning works will be assessed for cultural significance.

The midden site — containing a distinct concentration of shell, bone, botanical remains, ash and charcoal — was found during the land subdivision process as part of works to create a road reserve for the construction of Little Bay Road from the existing road through to Little Bay itself.

Discarded shells and other materials found could be the remains of a single meal or the result of repeated use of a particular location over thousands of years.

Yamatji Southern Regional Council advised the Shire of Northampton a site identification survey must be conducted to determine the spot’s cultural value before any road works could proceed.

The Shire has now appointed Sticks and Stones Cultural Resources Management to undertake the survey, with the process to cost about $22,000.

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If the survey finds the site is one of cultural and historical significance, Shire chief executive Garry Keeffe said alternative roadworks would need to be explored.

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