The magic of Mungo
At Lake Mungo the story of land and people come together. In this dry land, water is a treasure. In Ice Age times people came to Lake Mungo for water, and especially for its resources such as fish and mussel shells. They came to live by the water’s edge, simply to enjoy life and eventually to bury the dead. The lakeshore sands have preserved stories of those lives. Those stories help us understand the land, the Ice Age climatic changes that shaped it and, above all, they provide a window into the lives of people living there over 40,000 years ago. Exploration of these stories helps us to understand the descendants, of our Aboriginal sisters and brothers today.
Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that Mungo Explorer may contain images and voices of people who have died.
This body of work has been written to align with the year four Australian History Curriculum, it uses an integrated multidisciplinary approach. It is the first of two areas of study which focus on the significant World Heritage site of Lake Mungo. The Ancient World for year seven being the other body of work. The studies are mainly based on the scientific work of Jim Bowler, the geologist whose discoveries caused history to be rewritten.