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

David, Bruno and Barker, Bryce and Petchey, Fiona and Delannoy, Jean-Jacques and Geneste, Jean-Michel and Rowe, Cassandra and Eccleston, Mark and Lamb, Lara and Whear, Ray (2013) A 28,000 year old excavated painted rock from Nawarla Gabarnmang, northern Australia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 (5). pp. 2493-2501. ISSN 0305-4403

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 05:13
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 00:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: AMS dating; Arnhem Land; pleistocene art; rock art; painted slab; Jawoyn; Nawarla Gabarnmang
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.08.015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23187

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