What are the Mysteries of Lake Mungo?

PLEASE NOTE: This case study contains names, images and/or voices of deceased Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Case Study Overview

There are many mysteries associated with the famous Lake Mungo archaeological site in southern NSW that will help students to explore important issues about ancient Australian history. Some of these are: How old are the Lake Mungo people and how do we know? Why were Mungo Lady and Mungo Man buried in these ways? What was life at Lake Mungo like? What should be done with the Lake Mungo human remains? And many more. This new case study help students to understand what Lake Mungo was, and how it became what it is today.

An interactive entitled, Can you protect Lake Mungo, is also available for this case study.

The case study includes activities in both PDF and interactive web formats. NEW Interactive website now included.

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 A ‘virtual visit’ to the Lake Mungo
  • Activity 2 What is Lake Mungo and where is it?
  • Activity 3 When were the earliest people at Lake Mungo?
  • Activity 4 How do archaeologists find out about the past?
  • Activity 5 Who were ‘Mungo Lady’ and ‘Mungo Man’?
  • Activity 6 How were lunettes formed?
  • Activity 7 What happened to the megafauna at Lake Mungo?
  • Activity 8 What was life like at Lake Mungo for Mungo Lady and Mungo Man
  • Activity 9 Interviewing the Mungo people

About the Interactive

  • Can you protect Lake Mungo?
    Your task is to decide on how to protect Lake Mungo National Park in 10 different scenarios.

For Secondary Students

• Who lived here first and how do we know?
• Investigating the ancient past

Case Study Resources

  • Teacher Guide
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Interactive game (iPad Compatible)
  • Interactive website
  • Downloadable High Quality Video
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