The Juukan Gorge caves, located in the Pilbara region of the state of Western Australia, were blown up with dynamite on May 24 by Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, as it expanded an iron mining project that was agreed upon with local authorities.
Many priceless prehistoric artifacts have been found at the now-destroyed remote Aborigines site. This resource-rich area of Australia featured two cave systems that contained items which indicated tens of thousands of years of continuous human occupation.
Among almost 7,000 relics discovered at the heritage site were artifacts such as grinding stones, a bone sharpened into a tool and 4,000-year-old belt made of braided human hair, reported the Australian Associated Press. An analysis of the belt showed a direct link between the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Aborigines and the prehistoric cave-dwellers going back 4,000 years.