Saturday Talk – The Death of Kaakutja

Date(s) - 08/04/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Batemans Bay Community Centre


To William Bates, the skeleton he found on the banks of the Darling River was crying out for help. A dramatic gash across the skeleton’s right eye suggested violence with a very sharp weapon. Was this rare evidence of of frontier violence against Aboriginal people?

In 2015 Doug Williams, a professional archaeologist and heritage manager, was the excavation director at the salvage excavation of an Aboriginal burial in Toorale National Park. The project was covered by the ABC’s Catalyst team and picked up by national and international media. In this talk Doug will give you a behind the scenes look into the salvage and analysis of this significant Aboriginal burial. Time permitting, Doug will also talk about ways that members of the public can have hands-on roles in real archaeological projects.

Members wishing to attend may book with Ross Thomas at or by phone on 0402 132 698.