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Excavations at Parnkupirti, Lake Gregory, Great Sandy Desert: OSL Ages for Occupation before the Last Glacial Maximum

Australian Archaeology
Issue 69 (Dec 2009)

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.

To cite this article: Veth, Peter; Smith, Mike; Bowler, Jim; Fitzsimmons, Kathryn; Williams, Alan and Hiscock, Peter. Excavations at Parnkupirti, Lake Gregory, Great Sandy Desert: OSL Ages for Occupation before the Last Glacial Maximum [online]. Australian Archaeology, No. 69, Dec 2009: 1-10. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=711823435809911;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0312-2417. [cited 27 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Veth, Peter; Smith, Mike; Bowler, Jim; Fitzsimmons, Kathryn; Williams, Alan; Hiscock, Peter; Source: Australian Archaeology, No. 69, Dec 2009: 1-10 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0312-2417 Subject: Archaeology; Excavations (Archaeology); Archaeology--Methodology; Statistics; Optically stimulated luminescence dating; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, email: peter.veth@anu.edu.au
(2) Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, GPO Box 1901, Canberra ACT 2601, and Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, email: m.smith@nma.gov.au
(3) School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010, and School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia, email: jbowler@unimelb.edu.au
(4) Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, email: kathryn.fitzsimmons@anu.edu.au
(5) Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, email: alan.williams@anu.edu.au
(6) School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, email: peter.hiscock@anu.edu.au

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection