In 2003 Andrew Long ( Andrew Long & Ass. Archaeological & Heritage consultants ) wrote ” There is an enormous amount of information that can be gathered from scarred trees , though so far this potential has not been widely explored ” . And so it remains ….I have contacted every Aboriginal / Archaeological Uni dept./group/politician that I can think of and have received a couple of limp emails along the lines of ‘ keep up the good work’ . Two exceptions are Dr Mark Moore UNE who has recently completed some excellent work on the local Narran Lakes nature reserve, but he is more involved with stone ovens/tools/artefacts etc and Dr Michael Strong from Turnstone Archaeology QLD who specialises in Bora grounds . So our Australian antiquities ( scartrees & rock paintings/engravings ) are basically left to moulder unmourned while our young Archaeologists head off to the middle east digging up pottery & other foreign cultural artefacts . HELLO …ANYBODY OUT THERE…To quote again from Andrew Long ” There simply has not been enough scientific study on the age of commonly scarred tree species to develop an effective visual dating system beyond the first 50 – 80 years of its life “…WELL ISNT IT TIME THERE WAS ????????????????