Australia: Processed stones / Hangmans Rock

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PHOTO: detourism 33 21' 58.12" S 150 59' 16.12" E

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Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of the Australian continent and nearby islands, and these peoples' descendants. Indigenous Australians are distinguished as either Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders, who currently together make up about 2.6% of Australia's population. The Torres Strait Islanders are indigenous to the Torres Strait Islands which are at the northern-most tip of Queensland near Papua New Guinea. The term "Aboriginal" has traditionally been applied to indigenous inhabitants of mainland Australia, Tasmania, and some of the other adjacent islands. The use of the term is becoming less common, with names preferred by the various groups becoming more common. The earliest definite human remains found to date are that of Mungo Man which have been dated at about 40,000 years old, but the time of arrival of the ancestors of Indigenous Australians is a matter of debate among researchers, with estimates ranging as high as 125,000 years ago. There is great diversity between different Indigenous communities and societies in Australia, each with its own unique mixture of cultures, customs and languages. In present day Australia these groups are further divided into local communities. Legend has it that convicts used to be brought to this rock for hanging. They were strung up from a tree above the hole in the top of this natural rock formation and they would then be dropped through the hole to complete the task. Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of the Australian continent and nearby islands, and these peoples' descendants.


 

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