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World's earliest ground-edge axe production coincides with human colonisation of Australia

Hiscock, Peter; O'Connor, Susan; Balme, Jane; Maloney, Tim

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We report evidence for the world’s earliest ground-edge axe, 44–49,000 years old. Its antiquity coincides with or immediately follows the arrival of humans on the Australian landmass. Ground/polished axes are not associated with the eastward dispersal of Homo sapiens across Eurasia and the discovery of axes in Australia at the point of colonisation exemplifies a diversification of technological practices that occurred as modern humans dispersed from Africa. Ground-edge axes are now known...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/152752
Source: Australian Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2016.1164379
Access Rights: Open Access

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