Stratigraphy and argument at Koongine Cave

24th May 2014

David Frankel


In reacting to my rather innocuous aside on the lack of a demonstratable antiquity for the wall-markings at Koongine Cave, Bednarik (1989) calls into question the integrity of the stratigraphic sequence and the value of radiocarbon dating of charcoal. While I would be the last person to deny the presence of easily identifiable animal burrows in Koongine Cave, there is no reason at all to suggest that there was any more profound disturbance. In so far as clearly distinct deposits with different colour, texture, matrix and inclusions constitute meaningful units of excavation and analysis, the site has well defined consistent stratigraphy.

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

Frankel, D.
Stratigraphy and argument at Koongine Cave
June 1990
Short Report
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