Pleistocene dates for the human occupation of New Ireland, northern Melanesia

  title={Pleistocene dates for the human occupation of New Ireland, northern Melanesia},
  author={Jim Allen and Chris Gosden and Rhys Jones and J. Peter White},
Pleistocene dates from three cave sites indicate the human capacity to colonise across two oceanic straits to the east of a former Tasmania–Australia–New Guinea continent by 33 kyr bp. The sites demonstrate exploitation of coastal marine and lowland tropical forest resources. They extend Pleistocene occupation into island Melanesia and demonstrate that the large islands of northern Melanesia have an antiquity of human occupation of the same order as the adjacent Greater Australian continent. 
Pleistocene human occupation of the Solomon Islands, Melanesia
Pleistocene dates from a rockshelter on Buka Island at the northern end of the Solomons Chain demonstrate human settlement by 28,000 b.p., some 25,000 years earlier than previously reported for this
Human Pleistocene adaptations in the tropical island Pacific: recent evidence from New Ireland, a Greater Australian outlier
The late Pleistocene colonization of Greater Australia by humans by c. 40,0130 b.p. is now generally accepted. This landmass, which comprised at periods of lower sea levels Tasmania, Australia and
Lapita sites of the Bismarck Archipelago
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Seafaring in the Pleistocene
  • R. Bednarik
  • Environmental Science
    Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2003
Archaeological data from Wallacea (Indonesia) and elsewhere are summarized to show that the history of seafaring begins in the Early Pleistocene, and that this human capability eventually led to
Palaeoenvironmental evidence for human settlement of New Caledonia
Human occupation sites dating back to the late Pleistocene have been uncovered in the Bismarck Archipelago and northern Solomon Islands. Beyond this region to the east, however, no archaeological
Working from the Known to the Unknown: Linking the Subaerial Archaeology and the Submerged Landscapes of Santarosae Island, Alta California, USA
Since the collapse of the Clovis-first model of the peopling of the Americas some 30 years ago, there has been growing interest in the Pacific Coast as a potential early human dispersal corridor.
The biogeography and extinction of megapodes in Oceania
The arrival of prehistoric peoples in Oceania over the past several millennia resulted in the extinction of many species and populations of megapodes. Before these anthropogenic losses, species of


A 38,000-year-old archaeological site at Upper Swan, Western Australia.
An extensive open-air site, on an ancient floodplain bordering the Swan River, has been partially uncovered by a clay pit operation. Preliminary excavations of small areas have yielded stone
The Ecology of Early Man in Southern Africa
It is not possible at present to demonstrate hominid occupation of southern Africa prior to the middle or late Pliocene, but it may be the case that much, if not most, of the subcontinent was in fact uninhabited before that.
A 40,000 year-old human occupation site at Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea
Evidence is reported that the north coast of Papua New Guinea was occupied at least 40,000 years ago and a distinctive ‘waisted axe’ culture appears to have existed in New Guinea and probably in Australia in the Late Pleistocene.