Excavations at Parnkupirti, Lake Gregory, great sandy desert: OSL ages for occupation before the last glacial maximum

Peter Veth, Mike Smith, Jim Bowler, Kathryn Fitzsimmons, Alan Williams, Peter Hiscock

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Abstract

We report on early occupation from the Parnkupirti site on Salt Pan Creek at Lake Gregory, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert of northwest Australia. OSL ages from excavations, and stratigraphic correlations between dated exposures along Salt Pan Creek, show some stone artefacts in situ in sediments dating from greater than 37ka and most probably on stratigraphic grounds in the range of ∼50-45ka. The deep stratigraphic section at Parnkupirti also provides a long record of the Quaternary history of Lake Gregory, which remained a freshwater system during the Late Quaternary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume69
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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