Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years

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specul8

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Sydney Morning Herald - JULY 20 2017 - 8:55AM

Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia

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Jabiru, Northern Territory: Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established - 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.

The findings, which are already causing intense interest in archaeological circles across the world, have been peer reviewed by internationally recognised scientists and are published this week in the world's most prestigious science journal, Nature.

One major significance of the discovery is that archaeologists will have to recalibrate previous assumptions about the journey out of Africa by modern humans. Most academics believe the trek began between 80,000 and 100,000 years ago, but until now there was no solid evidence that humans had reached south-east Asia - let alone Australia - for anything beyond 50,000 years.

The discovery also confirms that Australian Aborigines undertook the first major maritime migration in the world - they had to sail a minimum of 90 kilometres across open sea to reach their destination whatever route they took in their long journey out of Africa.



the Mirrar people of Kakadu agreed the remains could be removed for study, and placed back in the ground when the work was completed.

The Mirrar people, supported by thousands of protestors, successfully forced Energy Resources of Australia to cease its mining project at Jabiluka in 1999 and to return the mine - which is within two kilometres of the dig site - to the natural landscape.


Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia
 
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robto

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Most academics actually speculated for over a decade or so that when modern humans left Africa, they first settled in South Asia and Australia before any other region of the world.
This latest finding certainly reinforces that hypothesis.
 

Fantasus

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The following is only a "wild" shot by me, but sorry, it is too tempting to write this, though many may see it as too far out. Could their arrival have had anything directly to some natural disaster, like the eruption of megavolcano of Toba, Sumattra?
It is not har to imagine that tectonic activity could have caused a megatsunami a giant wave from what is now indonesia and out the ocean.Could some have survived, even if taken by such a wave, but "unmfortunately" on the other shore, on Australia or New Guinea? it seems a hypothetical possibillity as long as we don´t have seen remains of seagoing boats or rafts so far back.
 
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Most academics actually speculated for over a decade or so that when modern humans left Africa, they first settled in South Asia and Australia before any other region of the world.
This latest finding certainly reinforces that hypothesis.
I would say the idea is older than a decade. It has always been assumed humans would coastal hop when expanding into new areas simply because the ocean is a pretty steady source of food, and one relatively familiar to the population in motion.
 
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They seem to have developed the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. That's survival. How many so-called advanced societies and empires have risen and fallen away to stones in the last 65,000 years?
But they didn't though. It's like saying the stone age nomads had the longest living culture... they didn't by definition, because they never got to the civilization stage, they were literal nomads. Pre-colonial Australia didn't have any of the metrics of civilization; no reading, writing, agriculture, written history, proper shelter or clothing, metallurgy, tools, medicine, the wheel, settlements, etc. It was basically a stone age people who might have had nothing in common with each other during that time period. By that logic every continent had that much continuous civilization, because people were there over that 65,000 year period.
 
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Ever see the movie, The Gods Must be Crazy? (Very funny comedy.) It makes a pretty good case that the Bushman of the Kalahari lead, in many ways, an enviable existence compared to our modern one. Anymore, I have hard time seeing how technological advancement is evidence of cultural superiority.
 
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