Early dates at Malakunanja II: A reply to Bowdler

24th May 2014

The dates in question (published in Australian Archaeology 31:94).

The dates in question (published in Australian Archaeology 31:94).

Bert Roberts, Rhys Jones and Mike Smith

Introduction*

In the December 1989 issue of Search, Sandra Bowdler agreed with Jim Allen (1989), saying ‘that we need not, on present evidence, go beyond 40,000 years ago for the initial date of colonisation’ of Australia and announcing that she had ‘indeed advanced similar views (herself) in two forthcoming papers’—both now sadly out of date. Barely nine months later, in the present issue of Australian Archaeology her view is that ‘50,000 BP for a human occupation site in northern Australia is not in itself especially surprising’. Apart from the new information presented in our 1990 paper, what else could have caused her to change her mind?

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

Roberts, R.G., R. Jones and M.A. Smith
Early dates at Malakunanja II: A reply to Bowdler
December 1990
31
94–97
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