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Sunday, 06 November 2016 21:25

Flinders Ranges discovery pushes back timeline on Aboriginal history

The  ABC has reported on the discovery in the Flinders Ranges of a rock shelter that contains artefacts and fossils  that indicate human settlement from between 49,000 and 46,000 years ago.

The site, known as Warratyi, is about 550 km north of Adelaide and was found by local Adnyamathanha elder, Clifford Coulthard while surveying gorges in the norther Flinders Rangers with consultant archaeologist  and doctoral student at La Trobe University, Giles Hamm.

Material at the site contains the first reliably dated evidence of human interaction with megafauna, and also pushes back the earliest-known dates on the development of key bone and stone axe technologies and the use of ochre in Australia.

The full article is available here

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