Pleistocene radiocarbon dates for hearths at Tunnel Cave, south-western Australia

23rd January 2014

East stratigraphic section of Square G10, Tunnel Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 38:45).

East stratigraphic section of Square G10, Tunnel Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 38:45).

Joe Dortch

Introduction*

The long occupational record from Devils Lair suggests that Aboriginal populations in the extreme southwest of Western Australia regularly occupied limestone caves during the late Pleistocene (Dortch 1984:78). In 1993, as a major part of my MA research topic, I chose to commence testing that proposition by investigating sites in the Tamala limestone belt extending from Cape Naturaliste southward to Cape Leeuwin. In June/July 1993 I excavated the floor deposit at Tunnel Cave (1 15′ 02′ E, 34′ 05′ S) and recorded numerous artefacts and faunal remains associated with a series of 25 clearly defined hearths from 0.5 to 3.0 m below the surface (Fig. 1).

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

Dortch, J.
Pleistocene radiocarbon dates for hearths at Tunnel Cave, south-western Australia
June 1994
38
45–46
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