When Wildfires Scorched An Australian Volcano, They Exposed Evidence Of An Ancient Civilization

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For weeks, a wildfire has been raging across Budj Bim National Park, part of the blazing inferno that has much of Australia in its grasp. Finally, after a long reign of terror, the flames begin to subside. But when elders return to the scorched lands of their ancestors, they discover that the disaster has uncovered an unexpected sight.

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Located in southwest Victoria near the town of Macarthur, Budj Bim is an extinct volcano that towers almost 600 feet above sea level. And for thousands of years, its surrounding lands have been home to the Gunditjmara people. However, life has not always been easy in this corner of Australia, and the fires are just the latest hardship that the indigenous residents have had to ensure.

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