An independent confirmation of the 4 ka antiquity of a beeswax figure in western Arnhem Land, Northern Australia

A. L. Watchman, R. Jones

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Abstract

Critical to any chronology is reliability in the determination of age for a distinctive artefact that is related to other components in a series. Therefore, the independent testing and verification of the antiquity of an apparent anomalous measurement for an old beeswax figure in northern Australia is of fundamental interest in rock art studies. Replication of the radiocarbon dating process has confirmed that one exceptional figure in early X-ray style at the Gunbilngmurrung site in western Arnhem Land is indeed c. 4-4.5 ka. The result also confirms the great antiquity of paintings over which the beeswax was applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalArchaeometry
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AMS radiocarbon
  • Arnhem Land
  • Australia
  • Beeswax
  • Dating
  • Rock art

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