Recent research in southwestern Western Australia: A summary of initial findings

22nd May 2014

Ian Lilley

Introduction*

Site plan of Rainbow Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 36:36).

Site plan of Rainbow Cave (published in Australian Archaeology 36:36).

The 38,000 year old Upper Swan site in southwestern Western Australia contains the most ancient evidence for human occupation found in southern Australia (Pearce and Barbetti 1981). Devils Lair, a site between Capes Leeuwin and Naturaliste in the extreme southwest, has deposits of similar antiquity (Dortch 1984). However, despite valuable work at this and a handful of other sites between the capes, an area I will also call the far southwest, little is known of early patterns of human activity or subsequent cultural developments in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste area as a whole. This report outlines the preliminary results of a project which intended to help redress this situation through systematic fieldwork in the Margaret River area, just north of Devils Lair.

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

Lilley, I.
Recent research in southwestern Western Australia: A summary of initial findings
June 1993
36
34–41
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