Recently, archeologists have found artifacts of early human technology and art that dates 65,000 years ago. So far, the new discovery confirms that early humans set foot in Australia way earlier than what’s known in history.
According to TheGuardian’s report, the artifacts were found during the excavation in the Kakadu National Park. University of Queensland associate professor Chris Clarkson confirmed that the Madjebebe rock shelter was occupied by humans 65,000 years ago. Previously, researchers only found evidence that confirm human presence in Australia 45,000 years ago.
So far, the excavations in the area have started since the 1980’s for more of these artifacts. The Conversation’s report said that The University of Queensland and the land’s traditional owners the Mirarr, represented by the Gundejeihmi Aborignal Corporation, allowed the excavation of these artifacts to happen.
The latest findings in the dig confirms ochre “crayons” that were used to make pigment colors for their art. Additionally, the oldest stone axes were found in the area. As of historical discoveries, these Australian axes and colors are now the earliest known use of edge-ground stone axes and reflective pigment.
However, the researchers are also studying if these items off the earth were accurately listed in their right dates. The deeper the item, the older it is. They’re considering the possibility that the found items were either buried at the right time or just stepped on by prehistoric living creatures. The tests confirmed that these items were really from 65,000 years ago.
The Independent noted Arizona State University professor Curtis Marean’s article that discussed the prehistoric human’s speed to get to Australia. “We now know that modern humans, after they left Africa around 70,000 years ago, dispersed rapidly to a coastal area that became the departure gate for their journey to Australia,” said Marean. “From that launch pad, perhaps some of them envisaged other lands across the water that they could not see. They decided to take a chance and built boats, loading them with both new and tested technologies.
Then, with their families, they boarded to embark on a journey of discovery. Sounds familiar – sounds like humans reaching for the stars,” he continues.