It all began when an archaeologist had to relieve himself in the wilds of nature! His name is Clifford Coulthard and as he walked up a dry creek bed to take care of his business in a gorge he came upon a spring surrounded by ancient rock art. Turns out what he found is one of the most important sites in Australian prehistory.
The site contains a wealth of ancient artifacts that have been dated at over 46 kya (thousand years ago) and bones from an extinct giant Marsupial (Diprotodon optatum). Also found were bone tools including one likely used for sewing fashioned from bone of a yellow footed rock wallaby. Additionally, evidence of the earliest use of ochre in the region was also discovered dating to a time period at least as old as 46-49 kya.
The end result of this discover is that we now know humans were in the interior of Australia at least 49 kya which is 10,000 years earlier than we thought! The site is being called the Warratyi rock shelter.
Amazing how some of the greatest finds in archaeology have literally been stumbled upon by accident. Yet, that is the way many significant finds have been discovered.
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