From ABC Radio Perth and, link to original article here.

As Australia has been celebrating Reconciliation Week, the world has been shocked by the mining blast of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site in the Pilbara.

The blast, near the Juukan Gorge, took with it ancient rock shelters which pre-date the pyramids.

Although Rio Tinto had previously been granted permission to carry out work in the area, questions are now being asked about why the significance of the site wasn’t taken into account before the blast went ahead.

Dr Peter Veth is a Professor of Archaeology at UWA who has been working in the Pilbara for 40 years.

Listen to him tell Russell and Nadia why heritage protections in WA need to change and what they should look like.

To listen to the radio interview, visit the website here.