On a remote shore in Western Australia, a team of archaeologists are hard at work. And with developers zoning in on the area, the researchers know that they are up against the clock. However, buried in the bright red rock is something fascinating and incredibly ancient – a find unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
Back in 2008 the government of Western Australia was searching for a location for a controversial project. Hoping to harvest natural gases in the region, it needed a site where it could process them. In fact, it was gearing up to spend an astonishing $30 billion on the project.
Eventually, the authorities started to look to Walmadany, an area of the Kimberley region on Australia’s northwest coast. However, not everyone was happy about this new development. The indigenous Goolarabooloo people who live in Walmadany were worried about the impact that the project would have on their ancestral lands.