The “Goyder Mounds” at Virginia NT

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

In 1869 South Australia’s Surveyor-General George Woodroffe Goyder drew in two shell mounds on his sketch map as he surveyed land seeking new townsites near the newly colonised Port of Darwin. Over 140 years later, archaeological surveys revealed that Goyder’s mounds are two of a cluster of over thirty Aboriginal middens, composed mainly of the mangrove tree oyster Isognomon ephippium. Archaeological investigations continue into these middens, which are an interesting exception to hundreds of Anadara-dominated Aboriginal mounds in the region