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Recent Discovery Re-writes Human History of Australia

Friday 21st July / presented by Naomi Baltyn

New excavations of a rock shelter in Kakadu National Park have changed previous knowledge of when humans first reached Australia. It’s been nearly 30 years since the last excavation at the Madjedbebe site, on the traditional lands of the Mirarr people, now it looks like we arrived at least 65,000 years ago...18,000 years earlier than previously thought.

University of Queensland Archaeologist Dr Chris Clarkson was the lead author of the study, uncovering new artefacts and making meaning of the new information. RTRFM’s Fiona Bartholomaeus spoke with Dr Clarkson and asked him what his new research discovered about the dating of the site…

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