Late Holocene occupation at Bunnengalla 1, Musselbrook Creek, northwest Queensland

17th November 2013

Michael Slack, Richard Fullagar, Andrew Border, Jackson Diamond and Judith Field

Introduction*

Photograph showing Musselbrook Creek showing location of the Bunnengalla 1 site (published in Australian Archaeology 60:56).

Photograph showing Musselbrook Creek showing location of the Bunnengalla 1 site (published in Australian Archaeology 60:56).

Bunnengalla 1 is a sandstone rockshelter fronting onto a permanent waterhole on Musselbrook Creek located on the northern margin of Boodjamulla National Park in northwest Queensland. In July 2004 excavation of the rockshelter revealed a rich 1.5 m sequence of human occupation. A preliminary report of the radiocarbon ages and stratigraphic sequence is presented here. The site provides a record of Late Holocene occupation from at least 6000 years BP with a considerable increase in occupation debris from 1300 years BP that is coincident with the amelioration of the ENSO dominated climate and increased precipitation in northern Australia.

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

Slack, M., R. Fullagar, A. Border, J. Diamond and J. Field
Late Holocene occupation at Bunnengalla 1, Musselbrook Creek, northwest Queensland
2005
60
54–58
Short Report
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