Initial results and observations on a radiocarbon dating program in the Riverland region of South Australia

Craig Westell, Amy Roberts, Mick Morrison, Geraldine Jacobsen, the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary occupation chronology for the Riverland region of South Australia, based on 31 radiocarbon age determinations. This region has represented a significant geographic gap in understanding occupation chronologies for the broader Murray-Darling Basin. The dating forms part of an ongoing research program exploring the long-term engagements of Aboriginal people with the habitat mosaics of the central River Murray corridor. Dating targets were selected on the basis of their landscape context. Results relate occupation evidence to an evolving riverine landscape through the period extending from approximately 29 ka to the late Holocene. These results include the first pre-Last Glacial Maximum ages returned on the River Murray in South Australia and extend the known Aboriginal occupation of the Riverland by approximately 22,000 years.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Early online date14 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Aboriginal occupation
  • Murray-Darling Basin
  • radiocarbon dating
  • riverine palaeoenvironments
  • Riverland

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