‘Back where they belong’: sacred Tasmanian rock carvings to finally return home

Sawed off crudely in the 1960s, the 14,000-year-old petroglyphs have been in museums for decades. After years of negotiations, they are on their way back to country

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On a remote stretch of private beach on the far north-west coast of lutruwita (Tasmania), a sacred object is about to finally come home.

For decades the Tasmanian Aboriginal community has been requesting the return of luwamakuna, or petroglyphs – mostly circular markings their ancestors carved into stone 14,000 years ago – that were taken by anthropologists in 1962.

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