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Uluru - Rock of Life

Uluru - Rock of Life

Uluru is a giant sandstone rock in Australia, it's almost 6 miles in circumpherence and over 1,000 feet high.

And it's in the center of Australia, the so called Red Center. It's semi desert - red sand and small bushes for about 1,000 miles in every direction. It's not the place to go walking without special equipment and support.

But the rock supported a whole culture. Archaeological findings suggest that humans settled in the area more than 10,000 years ago.

Small cooking caves around the rock show that cooking was done communaly for the entire population. And the same is true of education - with several teaching caves.

Rain was rare, but the top of the rock was a massive concave rain collector. So there was always a gentle stream of water falling into small lush basins. And ideal for bathing.

So what happened to the rock people after 10,000 years? They were moved to a "reservation" not far from Uluru and their decendants are still there. It's a well managed trailor park. This is very similar to what America did with the original Indian population.

I think it's sad. They were moved to a trailor park while their ancestral home became an international tourist attraction.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott
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