The Wurdi Youang Stone Arrangement in Victoria of the Wathaurung nation
We as Aboriginal people have studied astronomy, our stars, stories and our map of the world. It began by reading the night sky. We had calendars too. This pictured site above is in Victoria but we also have a Wiradjuri astronomy & ceremony site near Peak Hill.
Research continues on into the site, it’s arangment and purpose as so little, as like some damaged sites, have few recordings relating to it.
Site near Peak Hill NSW is on private property and shows years of damage to an unprotected area
The site in Victoria, shows the summer and winter solstice and the area measured in the centre of the stone arrangement as the equinox.
Australian media have published this everywhere in recent weeks.
Aboriginal astronomy is being researched and documented by both Aboriginal astronomers and non-Aboriginal astronomers today.
Wiradjuri astronomy is recorded in family stories and the Dreaming. Our stories relate to life, burials, hunting, dangers, seasons, ceremony and survival.
A team are recording such stories at the moment all over Wiradjuri country. The team are based in Orange, consisting of Larry Towney and Trevor Leahman.
Please contact them if you have any information to share and would like it to be recorded.
With the rest of Australia now becoming interested, it may be time to start telling those night stories again.
They may finally be listening.
Photo Prof Ray Norris