Given the lack of financial support to Indigenous communities for conducting reburials (Meara 2007; Wilson 2005), particularly when numerous reinterments are involved, the cost of utilising commercial geophysical survey companies to help locate appropriate sites would be prohibitive.
In some instances, the community desires that reinterment occurs as soon as possible, and this is carried out quickly wherever access to land with secure tenure can be obtained.
Regardless of the specific circumstances, Indigenous communities typically express the strong desire to not cause disturbance to their in situ ancestors during any reinterment event.
While Ngarrindjeri Elders discuss how and where to proceed with reinterment, the majority of the repatriated Old People are cared for in a temporary keeping place at Camp Coorong, a community run cultural education centre.
Elders expressed considerable concern that the reinterment should not disturb existing burials, and so arrangements were made to conduct a geophysical survey prior to the reburial to assist them in making an informed decision about where to position the new graves.
Nevertheless, on the basis of the geophysical survey results, an area with no evidence for prior disturbance was identified, the grave was subsequently dug without encountering any cultural material and the first Ngarrindjeri reburial ceremony and reinterment was successfully conducted on 26 September 2006 (see Figure 3).