The World’s Oldest Observatory

An arrangement of rocks in a secret location in Victoria, Australia is believed to be the world’s oldest observatory—mapping the movement of the sun throughout the year. Not only is it believed to pre-date Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza, this stone arrangement also disproves the belief that Indigenous Australians were purely hunters and gatherers; to track this movement, they would have had to …

How One Man is Reviving an Aboriginal Language

Stan Grant is one of last speakers of Wiradjuri, the tribal language of Australia’s second-largest Aboriginal tribe that goes by the same name. In an attempt the revive the lost language, the 75-year-old has teamed up with anthropologist John Rudder to revise the nearly 600-page “A New Wiradjuri Dictionary”—a book he had originally written back in 2005—as well as a few grammar books. “I was …