Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Jansz Cave, Cape Range Peninsula, Western Australia

At a small cave, Jansz Cave, just to the north of Mandu Mandu Creek Cave, on Cape Range Peninsula, located between Exmouth Gulf and the Indian Ocean, evidence has been found of people exploiting marine and terrestrial resources, hunting kangaroos, turtles and fish and collecting emu eggs and shellfish at 40,000 BP1. This archaeological site, as well others such as Mandu Mandu shelter contains the oldest evidence known of marine subsistence in Australia, as part of a mixed economy that included Bandicoots, bettongs, and possums. In the base of the site there are also thylacine bones.

Sources & Further reading

  1. Cane, Scott, 2013, First Footprints: The epic story of the first Australians, Allen & Unwin

Scott Cane has included in his book, written as a companion to the ABC TV series of the same name, a number of stories from his days living among Aboriginal people in the desert and moving around with them.

Author: M. H. Monroe
Last updated  04/11/2013
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