Thermoluminescence dating of a 50,000-year-old human occupation site in northern Australia

  title={Thermoluminescence dating of a 50,000-year-old human occupation site in northern Australia},
  author={Richard G. Roberts and Rhys Bevan Jones and Mark Andrew Smith},
THE oldest secure date for human occupation in Greater Australia is 40kyr from eastern Papua New Guinea1, whereas slightly younger dates have been reported from southern Australia2. We now report thermoluminescence (TL) dates that suggest the arrival of people between 50 and 60 kyr in northern Australia. TL dates were obtained from sandy footslope deposits at two former occupation sites that yielded a range of stone artefacts in their primary depositional setting. Artefacts terminated mid-way… Expand
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