Topic ID #37050 - posted 5/22/2016 8:21 AM

Discovery of 40,000-year-old Aboriginal artefacts puts Rio Tinto Pilbara mine expansion on hold



Traditional owners in WA's Pilbara region have asked Rio Tinto to redesign mine expansion plans, following the discovery of Aboriginal artefacts in a rock shelter dating back 40,000 years.

The company came across what has been described as "an abundance of flaked stone material, and faunal material including egg shell not often recovered in the Pilbara" in 2008, while surveying about 20 kilometres west of the town of Tom Price.

The 43-square-metre rock shelter is on the edge of an area flagged to become an iron ore pit as part of Rio's $200 million Western Turner Syncline expansion project.


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