Waterways that were discovered due to Australia's fires
Waterways that were discovered due to Australia's fires

Wild fires in Victoria state in Australia led to the discovery of wide water channels built by indigenous Australians thousands of years ago to catch fish, especially sea snakes, who were dependent on them for their food, according to CNN.

agency - According to UNESCO, the cultural landscape Budj Bim, which consists of channels and dams built from volcanic rocks, is one of the oldest fish farm systems and was built by the people of Gondetjara more than 6600 years ago, making it the oldest of the pyramids of Egypt.

Dennis Rose, representative of Gandetjimara, project manager of the Gundetj Merering group, told CNN about the discovered channels that they are much larger than previously recorded, saying, "When we came back to the area, we found a channel hidden in the grass and other plants. It was about 25 meters long , And its size was somewhat large, "he said, adding that new structures resembling canals and ponds are now visible.

Water channels discovered thousands of years ago in Australia due to fires

In the same context, the website of the Indigenous Foundation said that the aquaculture system (which is part of the Bud Beam National Park) was built by the indigenous people using volcanic rocks from a volcano in the region.

UNESCO also commented that the population used the system to reorient and adjust waterways to increase the productivity of aquaculture.

Mark Millington, director of the area at forest fire management, said that the fire near the National Park started in late December and eventually eliminated around 790 hectares.

He added that in order to protect the world heritage, firefighters worked with local groups to identify sites of cultural importance and used "low-impact technologies" to replace heavy machinery when putting out fires, adding that "these actions prevented the fire from spreading beyond the containment lines even on the day of the fire Severe protection of cultural sites from damage. "

According to the report, the authorities in Victoria State Ganditjimara was one of several groups of indigenous people who lived in the southern parts of present-day Victoria and it was believed that its population was in the thousands before the nineteenth century, but it dwindled considerably after the arrival of the Europeans.

Rose said he was relieved that the fires did not cause much damage in the area compared to other parts of Australia, and he hoped it would provide a good opportunity to explore the ancient aquaculture system.