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A > 46,000-year-old kangaroo bone implement from Carpenter's Gap 1 (Kimberley, northwest Australia)

O'Connor, Susan; Langley, Michelle; Aplin, Ken


Here we describe the oldest shaped and utilised bone implement recovered from an Australian context. Dated to beyond 46,000 years cal. BP and recovered from Carpenter's Gap 1 rockshelter, in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, this artefact demonstrates not only that Australian osseous technology has a time depth almost 25,000 years older than previously believed, but that bone technology was present in the opposite corner of the country from which it was proposed to have been...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Science Reviews
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.11.006


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