Fires and Burning

Aboriginal burn-off theory hosed down

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Aboriginal Australians may not have influenced bushfire occurance, according to a new report.

Aboriginal Australians didn't regularly use fire to manage the bush claims a new study, but experts aren't convinced.

TRADITIONAL THEORY SUGGESTS THAT Australian Aborigines have regularly burned-off the bush as a method to manage the landscape over the last 50,000 years. But an analysis of fossilised charcoal now contests that idea.