World’s earliest ground-edge axe production coincides with human colonisation of Australia

  title={World’s earliest ground-edge axe production coincides with human colonisation of Australia},
  author={P. Hiscock and S. O’Connor and J. Balme and T. Maloney},
  journal={Australian Archaeology},
  pages={11 - 2}
Abstract We report evidence for the world’s earliest ground-edge axe, 44–49,000 years old. Its antiquity coincides with or immediately follows the arrival of humans on the Australian landmass. Ground/polished axes are not associated with the eastward dispersal of Homo sapiens across Eurasia and the discovery of axes in Australia at the point of colonisation exemplifies a diversification of technological practices that occurred as modern humans dispersed from Africa. Ground-edge axes are now… Expand
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