Ar­chae­ol­o­gist steps up to protect her­itage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AR­CHAE­OL­O­GIST Charles Dortch has en­sured a new stair­case at Lit­tle Arm­strong Bay was built around ground where a chert arte­fact that is more than 12,000 years old was found.

Mr Dortch dis­cov­ered the arte­fact, that likely came from a spear­head or rock used for cut­ting, on the cliffs at the bay in 2011 and it is on dis­play in the Is­land’s mu­seum. The ar­chae­ol­o­gist also found emu egg shells at the bay.

The Rottnest Is­land Author­ity built the new stair­case late last year to for­malise ac­cess to the pop­u­lar bay.

Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage of­fi­cer Ezra Ja­cobs-Smith, of Fre­man­tle, said the stair­case made from com­pos­ite fi­bre was built around the spot where the arte­fact was found be­cause it was im­por­tant to protect it.

Mr Ja­cobs-Smith said the work­ers also scoured the sand around the stair­case to en­sure it did con­tain pieces of chert.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d462756

Ezra Ja­cobs-Smith at Lit­tle Arm­strong Bay.

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