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42,000-year-old worked and pigment-stained Nautilus shell from Jerimalai (Timor-Leste): evidence for an early coastal adaptation in ISEA

Langley, Michelle C; O'Connor, Sue; Piotto, Elena


In this paper, we describe worked and pigment-stained Nautilus shell artefacts recovered from Jerimalai, Timor-Leste. Two of these artefacts come from contexts dating to between 38,000 and 42,000 cal. BP (calibrated years before present), and exhibit manufacturing traces (drilling, pressure flaking, grinding), as well as red colourant staining. Through describing more complete Nautilus shell ornaments from younger levels from this same site (>15,900, 9500, and 5000 cal. BP), we demonstrate that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of human evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.04.005
Access Rights: Open Access


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