Review of Devil’s Lair artefact classification and radiocarbon chronology

22nd January 2014

South sections of Trenches 9, 8(2) and 9, with trench plan inset from Devil's Lair (published in Australian Archaeology 43:30).

South sections of Trenches 9, 8(2) and 9, with trench plan inset from Devil’s Lair (published in Australian Archaeology 43:30).

Charlie E. Dortch and Joe Dortch

Introduction*

The radiometric chronology of the Devil’s Lair cave deposit in southwestern Australia, excavated during the 1970s by a Western Australian Museum team, is currently being assessed through luminescence and AMS 14C dating. Also underway is a long overdue inventory of this site’s stone and bone artefact assemblages. Our purpose here is to revise some previously published archaeological classifications of Devil’s Lair artefacts, and to confirm human occupation of the cave as early as ca 31,000 yr BP, as implied by conventional radiocarbon dates obtained 20 years ago.

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

Dortch, C.E. and J. Dortch
Review of Devil's Lair artefact classification and radiocarbon chronology
December 1996
43
28–32
Article
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