Australia appears before UN over human rights

Australia appears before UN over human rightsAustralia has appeared before a United Nations panel in Geneva, accused of human rights violations against Aboriginal people and asylum seekers.

The UN panel is investigating whether the Australian Government has singled out Aborigines and asylum seekers with racist policies.

Archaeologists discover Britain's oldest home

Archaeologists discover BritainArchaeologists have found Britain's earliest house - constructed by Stone Age tribesmen around 11,000 years ago. The discovery is likely to change the way archaeologists view that early period.

Just 3.5 metres in diameter, the circular post-built house pre-dates other Stone Age buildings in the UK by up to a thousand years.

Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboard

Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboardThe bark paintings, which are estimated to be about 25 years old, were unearthed during a spring clean at Dickson College in the Australian capital.

The artworks were found by stunned staff members who had been emptying parts of the school in preparation for renovations.

The 12 paintings, which were well preserved in the dark and dry conditions of the cupboard, were created by well-known indigenous artists from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous day

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous dayTaipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) About 30 Pingpu tribespeople gathered in front of the Presidential Office on the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People Monday, calling on President Ma Ying-jeou to recognize Pingpu people as aboriginals.

Escorted by police officers, 10 of the protesters entered the Presidential Office to deliver a petition to President Ma Ying-jeou after participating in an ancestor worship ceremony at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the presidential building.

50,000 years of Dreamtime

50,000 years of DreamtimeThe settlement of Australia is a breakthrough in the “human story.” Very soon after anatomically modern humans began to replace (and to some extent assimilate) other lineages of our genus in Eurasia we pushed beyond the previous outer limits of the domains of humankind. The ancestors of Australian Aboriginals swept past the Wallace Line, and quickly settled the Ice Age continent of Sahul, consisting of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The biogeography of Australia is well known. Aside from bats and some endemic rodents the continent was free of placental mammals before modern humans arrived.