Pleistocene rockshelters J23 and J24, Mesa J, Pilbara, Western Australia

01st December 2011

Graph_2&4_draft

Depth distribution of radiocarbon dates and stone artefacts in rockshelters J23 and J24, Pilbara, Western Australia (published in Australian Archaeology 73:59).

Philip Hughes, Gary Quartermaine and Jacqueline Harris

Two spatially close rockshelters at Mesa J in the Pilbara had relatively deep deposits and large numbers of stone artefacts distributed from top to bottom. The basal archaeological materials have been directly dated as (in the case of J24) or are inferred to be (in the case of J23) late Pleistocene in age. In J24 artefacts continued downwards throughout basal Spit 10, indicating that occupation of the rockshelter began before 27,657 cal BP, possibly thousands of years before. The distribution of stone artefacts and radiocarbon dates in J24 indicates that occupation of the rockshelter continued during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), providing further evidence that the Hamersley Plateau provided refuge for Aboriginal people during the cold and arid conditions of the LGM.

Philip Hughes, Gary Quartermaine and Jacqueline Harris
Pleistocene rockshelters J23 and J24, Mesa J, Pilbara, Western Australia
2011
73
58-61
Short Report
You must be a member to download the attachment ( Login / Sign up )