Serpent’s Glen Rockshelter: Report of the first Pleistocene-aged occupation sequence from the Western Desert

05th January 2014

View of the Serpents Glen Rockshelter excavation (published in Australian Archaeology 46:13).

View of the Serpent’s Glen Rockshelter excavation (published in Australian Archaeology 46:13).

Sue O’Connor, Peter Veth and Colin Campbell

Introduction*

In this paper we present the initial report for the first Pleistocene occupation sequence to be excavated in the Western Desert of Australia, from the site of Serpent’s Glen (Figures 1 and 2). We identify a three phase sequence with an earliest unit dating to before 23,500 BP, an intermediate unit comprising culturally sterile sediments and an upper unit dating to less than 4700 BP. Previous excavations within the Western Desert have only provided Holocene assemblages (Gould 1977; Smith 1988; Veth 1993). Indeed, the majority of these sites have been dated to the mid- to late Holocene.

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

O'Connor, S., P. Veth and C. Campbell
Serpent's Glen Rockshelter: Report of the first Pleistocene-aged occupation sequence from the Western Desert
June 1998
46
12–22
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