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Direct Dating Indicates a Mid-Holocene Age for Archaic Rock Engravings in Arid Central Australia

Smith, Mike; Watchman, A; Ross, J


Archaic rock engravings are found widely across the arid interior of Australia and are thought to represent an early pan-continental tradition. A late Pleistocene age is assumed because of extensive weathering, but attempts to test this by direct dating have been unsuccessful. We use AMS 14C dating of calcium oxalate skins covering archaic engravings at two rock shelter sites in Central Australia (Wanga East and Puritjarra), constrained by 14C dates of charcoal in sedimentary layers beneath the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Geoarchaeology: An International Journal
DOI: 10.1002/gea.20262


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