Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

The first confirmed Aboriginal archaeological sites off the coast of Australia have been found by researchers and expect that several more will be discovered.

One of the sites was found in the Cape Bruguieres Channel, off northwestern Australia.

According to a study published on Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, found that many settlements were built in areas that were on dry at the end of the Ice Age, when the sea level was lower but submerged as the sea rose.

A team of researchers led by archaeologist Jonathan Benjamin, from Flinders University in Adelaide, claims that the Australian coast extended 100 miles further than it does today so that many ancient sites possibly are underground.

Site location in northwest Australia, left, and the Dampier Archipelago, right.

Scientists sent divers to investigate likely sites and also used a number of techniques including underwater remote sensing and aerial.

They found two sites off northwestern Australia. The first, in Cape Bruguieres Channel, contained artifacts that are at least 7,000 years old.

At the second site, Flying Foam Passage, they found a single artifact that is 8,500 years old.

A selection of stone artefacts found on the seabed.

Many of the artifacts had marine life growing on them, but the team were able to identify a number of worked stone tools, including two possible grinding stones.

The findings show that these exploratory techniques are useful in detecting underwater archaeological sites, said the authors, who hope they can be used to systematically recover and investigate ancient artifacts.

The team urged the Australian government to enact legislation that would protect and manage Aboriginal sites along the coastline.

A stone tool associated with a freshwater spring, now 14m under water.

“Managing, investigating and understanding the archaeology of the Australian continental shelf in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional owners and custodians is one of the last frontiers in Australian archaeology,” Benjamin said.

“Our results represent the first step in a journey of discovery to explore the potential of archaeology on the continental shelves which can fill a major gap in the human history of the continent,” he added.

In 2016, a genomic study revealed that Aboriginal Australians are the oldest known civilization on Earth, with ancestries stretching back roughly 75,000 years.

The findings indicate Aboriginals diverged from Eurasians 57,000 years ago, following a single exodus from Africa around 75,000 years ago.

The data may show Aboriginal Australians came to the continent as early as 31,000 years ago

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