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50,000-year-old Aboriginal artifacts found in Australia

Human artifacts dating back 50,000 years have been found in a cave on Western Australia’s Barrow Island.

“This pushes back the age of occupation from the previous and more conservative limit of 47,000 years ago,” said lead archaeologist Peter Veth. “Even older dates are entirely plausible.”

The researchers said the site contained the longest record of dietary fauna in Australia. “Barrow Island provided rich records of ancient artefacts, gathering and hunting of marine and arid animals, and environmental signatures which show the use of a now-drowned coastal desert landscape,” said Veth.

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Story: Naaman Zhou | Photo: Peter Veth/James Cook University

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