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Sunken Australian merchant ship found

An Australian merchant ship, the SS Macumba, which sank in 1943 has been found off the coast of northern Australia. The 2,540-ton merchant ship was sunk by two Japanese aircraft on Aug. 6, 1943, while transporting a cargo of supplies from Sydney to the northern city of Darwin. The ship's captain

Glass spearhead found on Australian island

A spearhead made of green glass has been found on the Australian prison island of Rottnest. A bright green glass spearhead believed to have been made by Aboriginal prisoners on Rottnest Island 100 years ago has been discovered by students during a university excursion. Professor Len Collard from The University of Western

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

Colonial-era artifacts found in Australia

Colonial-era artifacts have been found during an excavation in a suburb of Sydney. For the past two months archaeologists have been digging in North Parramatta, the site of former institutional care facilities. In the early 19th century female convicts were housed in the female factory. The site was then expanded to include a

46,000-year-old bone ornament discovered in Australia

A piece of bone jewelry dating back more than 46,000 years has been found in a rock shelter in Western Australia. O’Connor’s team believes the crafted bone is more likely to be jewellery than a tool, based on comparisons with 19th and 20th-century sewing needles and ornaments made by Indigenous Australians.

800-year-old skeleton bears marks of boomerang death

An ancient skeleton found in Australias Toorale National Park has a wound consistent with that of being struck by a boomerang. Kaakutja's main head wound was about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long, meaning the weapon must have had a blade at least this length, the scientists reasoned. In their study, which

Australian Gold Rush hotel undergoes excavation

Archaeologists have uncovered 250,000 artifacts at the site of the 19th-century Mistletoe Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. In a dark room in the earliest days of settlement in Melbourne, a gold nugget and a lice comb fall unnoticed through a crack in the floorboards. For more than 150 years they were forgotten in

Convict artifacts found at Port Arthur prison

Gambling tokens, buttons and carved clay pipes have been uncovered at Port Arthur prison in Tasmania. In the 1860s a second period of development saw toilets and washing areas erected for the prison population. One of the most curious aspects of the site was the advanced nature of the facilities. "There is a