A board-level review has been ordered at Rio Tinto into how the mining company came to blow up two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Australia.
Simon Thompson, chairman of the Anglo-Australian company, apologised on behalf of its board to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People over the destruction of the 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge.
It destroyed the site in May as part of the expansion of its vast Pilbara iron ore mining operations, triggering a widespread outcry and protests.
Although the company had received a permit from the state government in 2013, archaeologists and Aboriginal groups said that evidence gathered since then about the importance of the site should have prompted a rethink. The site was described as one of the
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