A lithograph showing wooden shelters and canoes on a grassy foreshore.

Australia’s first international trade revealed in the sand at outback beach

The first study of Asian occupation sites in 50 years has revealed Aboriginal people traded with foreign visitors prior to British settlement.

There are small clues if you know what you’re looking for.

An Indonesian tree where it shouldn’t be, a fragment of foreign pottery on a scenic northern beach.

They are markers of an annual Asian occupation of the northernmost tip of Western Australia that remains a mystery.

“This contact was happening prior to colonisation of this part of the northern coast,…

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