Webinar: Mapoon Burial Mounds

Published 8th May 18 12:00 AM

When: Thursday 17 May 2018

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Presented by Dr Emma St Pierre, this webinar will answer all your questions about the Mapoon burial mounds. Emma will touch on points in relation to:

  • How scientific tools such as ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry, geomorphic analysis and use of LIDAR data/drone surveying have been used as culturally appropriate tools by the Mapoon Elders, families and Corporations to identify and assess the nature of earth mounds and to identify unrecorded burials within Mapoon Aboriginal Lands.
  • We discuss the results of fieldwork and raise further questions for research and management.
  • The project has had a significant impact on how Mapoon people think about their cultural history, identity and connections to country, particularly in relation to mortuary practices and settlement patterns from pre-contact to the mission time.
  • The widespread earth mounds are now identified as potential burial mounds and cultural features instead of being seen as natural features. This conclusion has important implications for current and future potential impacts on cultural identity.

Meet the Presenter

Dr Emma St Pierre | Senior Archaeologist | Virtus Heritage

Emma St Pierre has over 14 years’ experience in both the commercial and academic sectors as an archaeologist and heritage practitioner and holds a PhD in Archaeological Science. Emma has conducted archaeological and heritage investigations in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and New Zealand. Emma has worked with Dr Mary-Jean Sutton and Prof. Conyers on GPR surveys and analysis of indigenous unmarked grave projects at Fingal Head and Scone, NSW and Mapoon, Western Cape York, QLD. Emma has also worked on a number of other GPR investigations of historical cemeteries and archaeological sites including the Cathedral Hill Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW and historic Australian war graves at important cemeteries in Papua New Guinea.

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Earn CPD Points

By attending this event you will record 1 hour of continuing professional development towards the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme.

Event details

When: 17 May 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Cost: $10 for EIANZ members, $20 for non members

Registrations Open: 8th May 18 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 17th May 18 12:00 PM

Places Available: 84

Contact: EIANZ Central Office on AU +613 8593 4140, NZ +64 9887 6972 or

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Published 8th May 18 12:00 AM