A 28,000 year old excavated painted rock from Nawarla Gabarnmang

David, Bruno, Barker, Bryce, Petchey, Fiona, Delannoy, Jean-Jacques, Geneste, Jean-Michel, Rowe, Cassandra, Eccleston, Mark, Lamb, Lara, and Whear, Ray (2013) A 28,000 year old excavated painted rock from Nawarla Gabarnmang. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 (5). pp. 2493-25011.

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Abstract

We report new archaeological excavations from northern Australia revealing part of a charcoal design likely to be c. 28,000 years old (and chrono-stratigraphically constrained within the period 15,600–45,600 cal BP) on a small rock slab fallen from the ceiling at the rockshelter of Nawarla Gabarnmang in Jawoyn country, Arnhem Land. This represents the oldest confirmed pictograph in Australia.

Item ID: 37163
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-9238
Keywords: AMS dating; Arnhem Land; Pleistocene art; rock art; Jawoyn; Nawarla Gabarnmang
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC QEII Fellowship DP0877782, ARC LP110200927
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 00:46
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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