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Secrets of Lake Mungo

A short history of the discoveries of ancient skeletons of Aboriginal people, called Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, at Lake Mungo in western New South Wales.

National Museum of Australia and Ryebuck Media


How old are the skeletons that were found at Lake Mungo? 

Why might the Paakantji, Mutthi and Ngyimpaa people have close connections to the area today?

Listen to Lottie Williams, Paakantji Elder, and Ricky Mitchell, Aboriginal Community Projects Coodinator talking about the Mungo Lady. What do you think the discovery of her remains means to them, and to other Aboriginal people from the Lake Mungo area?