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Ancient Aboriginal fish traps refocus Australian history debate

Were pre-colonial indigenous people farmers or hunter-gatherers?

Detail of an 1890s photograph showing ancient stone fish traps, on display at the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum. (Geoff Hiscock)

BREWARRINA, Australia -- A complex array of ancient stone fish traps in the Australian Outback has become a touchpoint in Australia's growing debate about the nature of Aboriginal life before European settlement began in 1788.

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