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Thousands of indigenous artefacts found in Sydney

It seems that construction is set to stop on a section of Sydney's new south-east light rail, due to thousands of artefacts being discovered on the site.

According to The Tourism News there have actually been tens of thousands of the indigenous items found over a 100-metre-square area.

The 20,000 objects were unearthed in a part of the construction that had been intended for the line's tram stabling yard, which is in an area of Randwick in Central Sydney.

Experts, who have visited the site, said that the artefacts include spear heads and cutting tools, which show signs of trade with the indigenous people in the Hunter Valley.

One of these experts, Des Dyer, an Elder from the Darug tribe, commented that "each area has its own stones... one group would come down to us and they'd bring their stones and tools with them to swap and we'd give them ours and they'd take it back to wherever they came from".

The comments from Mr Dyer show a deep-rooted sense of tradition between tribes of commerce, trade and travel, which will help to uncover indigenous history in Australia.

It is Mr Dyer who has called for the government halt to construction in the region, and he is hopeful that it will be able to be classed as an Aboriginal heritage area.

So far, Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has issued a statement, saying that it recognises the importance and significance of the discovery of these artefacts.

As such, any work that has happened after finding the objects has been done under the consultation and observation of Aboriginal groups.

Transport for NSW stated that it was aware that "the social value of the site to the local Aboriginal community is very high" and that the company are going to continue working with these groups in order to identify these objects and trace how they came to be in Randwick.

A call for the halt of work in this area is sure to be supported by tourism operators in the area, and it's expected for the artefacts to generate a lot of interest and hoped that there will be a spike in visitors to the site.

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