E xtensive archaeological research in southern Victoria has again raised the prospect that people have lived in Australia for , years — twice as long as the broadly accepted period of human continental habitation. The research, with its contentious potential implications for Indigenous habitation of the continent that came to be Australia, has been presented to the Royal Society of Victoria by a group of academics including Jim Bowler , the eminent year-old geologist who in and discovered the bones of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia. Mungo Man, his remains discovered in a dry water bed in the Willandra Lakes district of New South Wales, lived some 42, years ago. He was a modern human or homo sapien , Indigenous to Australia, who was buried with sophisticated funerary rites including the use of fire and ochre. Earlier contentious scientific research that pointed to human habitation in Australia up to , years ago — including in the Kimberley — has been largely dismissed.
The Archaeological History Of Lake Mungo
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There is no written record of the origin of the Australian Aboriginal people. Historians, archeologists and anthropologists have made many studies during the past two centuries. They have discovered many relevant facts and have put forward several logical theories concerning early migration. But no conculsive proof of origin has yet resulted. A study of teaching from the Dreaming — the oral history of Aboriginal people — is also non-conclusive. For example, many legends indicate that the first Aboriginal people were created in their own territory in ages back beyond human reckoning. Some dreaming legends, tell of great sea journeys and dramatic new beginnings.
Mungo National Park
Working out how old archaeological remains are is a vital part of archaeology. Scientific dating has confirmed the long residence of Aboriginal people in Australia. A number of methods are used, all of which have their advantages, limitations and level of accuracy. Complex dating problems often use a variety of techniques and information to arrive at the best answer.
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