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Prehistoric mining at Olympic Dam in arid South Australia

Sullivan, Majorie; Hughes, Philip; Way, Amy Mosig; Spooner, Nigel


A site in the Olympic Dam area, recorded during archaeological surveying as a silcrete quarry, was investigated. Hand-excavated squares and subsequent machine-excavated trenches revealed an ancient "mine" rather than a simple surface quarry. Blocks of high-quality silcrete were levered from below the ground surface and many were knapped in the immediate area. Rubble in the pit backfills included large numbers of flakes. Single-grain optical dates from sediments in the backfilled pits...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/arco.5022


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