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The lost oasis: Archaeology of a 'forgotten' mikiri well in the Simpson Desert

Rowlands, Don; Smith, Mike; MacFarlane, Ingereth; Wright, Duncan; Tischler, Max


This paper describes a previously unknown mikiri well in the Simpson dune field. This site was abandoned about 500-600 years ago and does not feature in ethnographic records for this region. We argue that its abandonment was most likely due to failure of the well caused by a fall in the local watertable. The Simpson Desert is one of the major sand-ridge deserts of the world, but current views of the chronology of human use of this vast dune field rest on only a handful of radiocarbon ages...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Queensland Archaeological Research
DOI: .25120/qar.23.2020.3717
Access Rights: Open Access


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