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    BHP reports damage to Aboriginal heritage site near Pilbara iron ore mineBy Louise MiolinPosted 2hhours ago, updated 1hhour agoBanjima traditional lands around Karijini National Park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.(Supplied)ShareMining giant BHP has reported damage to a culturally significant site in Western Australia's iron ore-rich Pilbara region, months after Rio Tinto drew international criticism for destroying ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge.Key points:BHP has reported damage to a culturally significant Aboriginal site in the PilbaraIt comes a year after Rio Tinto faced international condemnation for the destruction of Juukan GorgeBanyjima traditional owners are working with BHP to investigate the causeBHP President for Minerals Australia Edgar Basto said the company discovered fallen rocks near its mining operations on Banyjima land in January, but he said it was unclear whether mining caused the damage."On 29 January 2021, as part of monitoring in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we identified a rock fall at a registered Banyjima site," Mr Basto said."This site is not part of current mining operations — the cause of the rock fall is not known." The damage was located near the $4 billion South Flank mine site, about 130 kilometres north-west of Newman in WA's north.Want more WA news?Did you know we offer a local version of the ABC News homepage? Watch below to see how you can set yours, and get more WA stories.(Hint: You'll have to go back to the home page to do this)How to set your state news edition(Gfycat)A Banyjima Native Title Aboriginal spokesperson said traditional owners were working with BHP to investigate the incident. "Banyjima's South Flank Heritage Committee met with BHP executives on 11 February to process the investigation," they said. It comes after Rio Tinto's Juukan Gorge blast, which drew international condemnation when it destroyed the site in May 2020.By Louise Miolin

 
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