Nearly 200 native mounted police camp sites have been identified, and the history becomes more complex with each dig

Archaeologists from six universities are digging trenches across Queensland to find the “signatures of killings” buried in the earth by the frontline troops of the colonial frontier, the native mounted police.

They have identified 196 distinct camps – sites where, over 50 years, the native police were based while they ranged out to “disperse” Aboriginal people and escort surveyors, pastoralists and prospectors further inland and further north.

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