budj bim
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020

A new research project led by Dr Martin Tomko, from The University of Melbourne, has received $277,000 funding through the ARC's 2020 Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture to examine the engineering processes of the world’s oldest aquaculture system, the Budj Bim World Heritage Cultural Landscape.

The Budj Bim World Heritage Cultural Landscape provided an economic and social base for the Gunditjmara people of South-western Victoria for more than six millennia. This project aims to elucidate how the Gunditjmara planned, constructed, operated and maintained this aquaculture complex, to show how it may have evolved over time, and how it responded to changing social and environmental circumstances.

This project will developing a model for a collaborative two-way, intercultural knowledge exchange, with the active engagement of the Traditional owners' Elders, community and ranger, and by refinement of geospatial methodologies for the investigations of Australian cultural landscapes.

The outcomes of this project will significantly contribute to the capacity of the Traditional owners to understand and document the history of the cultural landscape and communicate it through appropriate digital storytelling with their community, the Australian society at large, and with visitors to the World heritage site.

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The Budj Bim World Heritage Cultural Landscape. Credit: Wikipedia (Public Domain).