Watura Jurnti: A 42000–45000-year-long occupation sequence from the north-eastern Pilbara

Michael Marsh, Peter Hiscock, Douglas Williams, Philip Hughes, Marjorie Sullivan

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Watura Jurnti (DAA #6287) was first occupied in 42000–45000 BP, with evidence of occupation continuing through the arid LGM and deglacial period to c.15000 BP. There was a very pronounced reduction in both occupation and deposition between c.15000 and 1500 BP. The small size and nature of the stone artefact assemblage indicates that use of the shelter has been intermittent and non-intensive throughout most of the past 42–45 ka. Watura Jurnti is on an isolated ridge on the northern margin of the Pilbara and its occupational history shows that the more marginal areas of the arid zone, including the sandy and stony deserts of adjacent to the northern Pilbara, were subject to intermittent visitation before, during and after the LGM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalArchaeology in Oceania
Issue number3
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • excavation
  • les fouilles
  • LGM
  • northern Pilbara
  • paperbark
  • Pilbara Nord
  • Pleistocene
  • pléistocène
  • écorce de papier


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