Archaeology: Discovery of ancient Australian artefacts reveal Aboriginal cultural sites

Chelsea Wiseman from Flinders University who has been working on the DHSC project as part of PhD research, said: “At one point there would have been dry land stretching out 160 km from the current shoreline.

“That land would have been owned and lived on by generations of Aboriginal people.

“Our discovery demonstrates that underwater archaeological material has survived sea-level rise, and although these sites are located in relatively shallow water, there will likely be more in deeper water offshore.”

Dr Michael O’Leary, a marine geomorphologist at The University of Western Australia, added: “These territories that are now underwater harboured favourable environments for Indigenous settlements including freshwater, ecological diversity and opportunities to exploit marine resources which would have supported relatively high population densities.”

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