An evaluation of radiocarbon chronologies at Miriwun rockshelter and the Monsmont site, Ord valley, east Kimberley, Western Australia

23rd January 2014

Stratigrahic section from the Monsmont site (published in Australian Archaeology 42:26).

Stratigrahic section from the Monsmont site (published in Australian Archaeology 42:26).

Charlie E. Dortch and R.G. (Bert) Roberts

Introduction*

Miriwun rockshelter, since the early 1970s permanently inundated in Lake Argyle (16’30’ S, 128″45′ E) in the Ord valley, east Kimberley, Western Australia, was the first Aboriginal occupation site of Pleistocene age to be recorded in Western Australia’s sub-tropical northwest (Dortch 1972, 1977a). Miriwun and the Stonewall Creek open-air site 35 km to the north (Dortch 1977b) provide the only unequivocal ‘two-phase’ stone industrial sequences yet recorded in the Ord Valley.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Dortch, C.E. and R.G. Roberts
An evaluation of radiocarbon chronologies at Miriwun rockshelter and the Monsmont site, Ord valley, east Kimberley, Western Australia
June 1996
42
24–34
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