Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

  • Archaeological Site Types
    The archaeological record is rich and varied in Tasmania - from extensive and impressive rock markings to the isolated artefact located in the park down the road.
  • Brief History
    Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for at least 35,000 years – and possibly as long as 70,000 years.
  • Burning Regimes
    Aboriginal people used fire as a sophisticated tool to continually manage and modify the landscape.
  • Charcoal,-Ochre-and-Stone
    Ochre is derived from clay containing mineral oxides and was used by Aboriginal people for numerous reasons.
  • Diet
    Prior to European occupation, the Aboriginal people of Australia were members of a hunter-gatherer society, meaning that they subsisted solely by hunting wild animals and gathering plants.
  • Language
    Tasmanian Aborigines have lived in lutruwita (lu-tru-wee-tah), now known as Tasmania, for many generations. Pre-invasion lutruwita supported approximately nine Nations. Each Nation had their own culture and language, and was responsible for Country.
  • Material Culture
    Material culture is the term used to describe the tangible remains of a culture. Aboriginal material culture includes many things such as baskets and spears - items which were a necessary part of everyday life.
  • Trade
    Trade between and among Tasmanian Aboriginal groups was an important activity, which allowed for the distribution of unique raw materials, the exchange of new technology or ideas and reciprocal access to each region’s diverse landscape and therefore resources.