Ancient aboriginal artefacts discovered underwater

  • Sunday 05, July 2020 06:55 PM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Archaeologists have discovered aboriginal artefacts in Western Australia's continental shelf dating back at least 7,000 years, which scholars say are the first to be found underwater on Australia's continental shelf.
Archaeologists have discovered aboriginal artefacts in Western Australia's continental shelf dating back at least 7,000 years.

Scholars say they are the 1st to be found underwater in the region

The haul includes hundreds of stone tools made by aboriginal people at 2 ancient sites.

While the region is well known for its rich ancient history, the 2 sites are the 1st confirmed underwater locations holding evidence of human civilisation on Australia's continental shelf.

Divers from Flinders University retrieved the aboriginal objects from what was once dry land, at depths of up to 11 metres.

They had previously mapped and scanned the site before diving in.

Data from the find is being analysed for precise dating.

However radiocarbon dating and analysis of sea-level changes show the site is at least 7,000 years old.