Dating of Australian Prehistory

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AUSTRALIA, to prehistorians, is the least known continent. At most, the three million square miles available for aboriginal nomadism are represented by four or five excavations possessing chronological or cultural significance. There are several carbon-14 age estimations for aboriginal sites; but with one exception, they date unstratified surface hearths, or deposits where artefacts are either so generalized in type that they preclude satisfactory cultural designation or, as at Keilor, they are completely absent.

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MULVANEY, D. Dating of Australian Prehistory. Nature 184, 918 (1959) doi:10.1038/184918a0

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