“It confirms the deep-rooted connection to country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Roberts told Cosmos.there is the potential of marriage between certain categories of persons which is further refined by reference to actual kin, country, ritual and historical relations.Clarkson’s team dug the site, within the traditional lands of the Mirarr people, in 20, retrieving more than 10,000 artefacts from the basal levels.
In addition to showing the deep antiquity of Aboriginal occupation, the dig also revealed new evidence of activities and lifestyle.
Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years – much longer than the 47,000 years believed by some archaeologists.
Such a union is hedged in by certain taboos, including in-law avoidance.
It is enmeshed in a complex web of kin obligations and responsibilities.
CANBERRA - A team of researchers from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a new technique that will, for the first time, allow a more precise dating of Australian Aboriginal rock art.
The technique is a form of radiocarbon dating already widely used in archaeology but until now not very successful on these type of paintings.Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer Justin O’Brien said a landmark agreement had made it possible for Dr Clarkson and colleagues to dig the site.The research, published this week in the British journal, Nature, bolsters the case that the ancestors of the first Australians could have interbred with archaic humans, such as the Denisovans, thought to be close cousins of the Neanderthals.Teams including dating specialist Richard Roberts, now at the University of Wollongong, dropped bombshells in the 1990s by reporting dates up to 60,000 years old for northern sites. Academics continue to bicker, however, with some favouring dates as recent as 47,000 years.In this new study, a team led by Chris Clarkson, of the University of Queensland, reports the Madjedbebe rock shelter, previously called Malakunanja II, in the Arnhem Land region of Australia’s Northern Territory, is up to 65,000 years old.Aboriginal rock art in fact uses primarily ochre, an inorganic mineral pigment and no carbon-based pigments.