Credit: Flinders University
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Full article issued by Flinders University.

An ARC-supported international team of archaeologists from Flinders University, The University of Western Australia, James Cook University, Airborne Research Australia and the University of York (United Kingdom), in partnership with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, have located Australia’s oldest known underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites.

The site containing aboriginal artefacts were discovered off the Plibara coast in Western Australia during a series of archaeological and geophysical surveys conducted in the Dampier Archipelago, as part of the Deep History of Sea Country Project, which is funded through the ARC’s Discovery Projects scheme.

Two ancient underwater sites, at Cape Bruguieres and Flying Foam Passage, provide new evidence of Aboriginal ways of life from when the seabed was dry land, due to lower sea levels thousands of years ago. The sites have yielded hundreds of stone tools made by Aboriginal peoples, including grinding stones.

The submerged cultural landscapes represent what is known today as Sea Country to many Indigenous Australians, who have a deep cultural, spiritual and historical connection to these underwater environments.

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