Fish traps and stone houses

New archaeological insights into Gunditjmara use of the Budj Bim lava flow of southwest Victoria over the past 7000 years

Ian J. McNiven

In this lecture Professor McNiven summarises archaeological research over the past decade between Monash University and the Gunditjmara community.

The research has yielded new insights into the antiquity of Lake Condah's famous fish traps and the use of the region's equally famous stone house sites during the colonial frontier.


Ian J. McNiven is Professor of Indigenous archaeology in Monash Indigenous Studies Centre at Monash University. He has undertaken archaeological research in Queensland (mostly Torres Strait) and Victoria, and also along the south coast of Papua New Guinea.

This lecture was part of the History, Culture & Collections 2017 lecture series held at Melbourne Museum.

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