Pedirka Basin Exploration

Project Type: Archaeological Assessment
Client: Tri-Star Energy Company
LGA: MacDonnell, NT

In 2013 Everick was engaged by Tri Star Energy to undertake an archaeological assessment for the proposed Exploration Bore Holes within Pedirka Basin. The purpose of the assessment was to identify any Aboriginal archaeological objects located within the assessment area which may be impacted by the proposed exploration activities. Works included:

  • a targeted archaeological survey;
  • site identification and recording;
  • reviews of existing heritage registers and databases, historic mapping, aerial photography and the results of previous cultural heritage assessments for the region; and
  • preparation of an Archaeological Assessment.

Five archaeological sites were identified, three of which were within the proposed test locations. These sites were identified as low density artefact scatters, consisting mainly of stone cores and flakes. None of the sites demonstrated archaeological significance, as their content was not largely different or more informative than artefacts throughout the surrounding landscape. It was concluded that there was no feasible alternative to moving the test location in result of the broad coverage of Aboriginal artefacts over the surrounding region. It was therefore recommended that prior to works commencing at the proposed Drill Pads, a qualified archaeologist should record and collect all the Aboriginal cultural material and relocate them to a suitable area no further than 200m away from their original location. 

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