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20 July:
Kakadu site dates Australia’s human history back to at least 65,000 years ago

Madjedbebe thumbMore than 10,000 artefacts recovered at site, revealing new details about the first Australians

New evidence uncovered by a team of archaeologists and dating specialists shows Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years — much longer than the 47,000 years argued by some archaeologists.

The findings have been published in Nature magazine this week. The new discoveries were found at Madjedbebe, a site on Mirarr land within the Jabiluka Mineral Lease near Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The researchers worked in partnership with the Mirarr Traditional Owners under a landmark agreement with the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC). 

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