Archaeology Master Students may be interested in participating in an emerging project on George Main’s family property, near Cootamundra (about 2.5 hours west).
Archaeologist Dave Johnston recently identified an ochre pit surrounded by numerous stone tools, artefacts scatters, and a possible stone arrangement.
The property employed Aboriginal shearers over the years, and so there are Aboriginal families with ongoing links to the place. There would be scope to develop a project that brings the older sites into relationship with the pastoral infrastructure – a blend of Aboriginal and historical archaeology. The Main’s family could introduce a researcher to the local Wiradjuri community, and there’s a wealth of available information about the history of the grazing property and surrounds.
There is an overlapping of material traces that might interest a researcher, with free accommodation, introductions to local elders, a wealth of archival material, etc.
Shearers quarters are located on the place, and could host the student. We could even host a number of people at once, if there’s interest.
More photos of the place can be viewed HERE
If you are interested in the project or want to know more, please contact George Main:
Phone: 0459 588 559