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Geoarchaeological finds below Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia): A split-level cave system for Homo floresiensis?

Gagan, Michael; Ayliffe, Linda; Smith, Garry; Hellstrom, John Charles; Scott-Gagan, Heather; Drysdale, Russell N; Anderson, Neil; Suwargadi, Bambang W; Aplin, Ken P.; Zhao, Jian-xin; Groves, Colin; Hantoro, Wahyoe; Djubiantono, Tony

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We report on new geoarchaeological finds in a recently discovered cave-chamber (Liang Bawah, "Cave Underneath") positioned below Liang Bua on the island of Flores, Indonesia, where the type specimen for Homo floresiensis was recovered from Late Pleistocene sediment. At the rear of Liang Bua, a 23-m-long shaft, inclined at 60°, leads to a lower chamber measuring 23m ×24m. ×5m high (about half the size of Liang Bua). Stone artefacts and bones were found shallowly buried in rubble at the base of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103306
Source: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.021

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