Pleistocene date from archaeological excavations in the hinterlands of the New South Wales coast

22nd May 2014

Phil Boot

Introduction*

During 1992 and 1993 excavations were carried out at ten sites as part of PhD research into the nature of Aboriginal occupation in the ranges behind the New South Wales south coast. Prior to this only two sites, Sassafras 1 and 2, had been excavated. These rockshelters produced initial occupation dates of 3770±150 BP (ANU-743) and 2780±115 BP (ANU-744), respectively, indicating that occupation of the coastal ranges was relatively recent (Flood 1980:279–280). Preliminary results from one of the newly excavated sites now indicate that Aboriginal inhabitation of the coastal ranges extended into the Pleistocene.

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

Boot, P.
Pleistocene date from archaeological excavations in the hinterlands of the New South Wales coast
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