New dates for point technology in the Kimberley

Tim Maloney, Susan O'Connor, Jane Balme

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    New data from Bunuba country in the southern Kimberley provide more robust dates for point technology in the Kimberley than have been previously available. Direct percussion points have been recovered from three sites in the southern Kimberley associated with radiocarbon dates of ?5000 calBP, whereas the earliest pressure-flaked points are consistently associated with dates within the past 1000 years. This suggests that pressure-flaked point technology postdates the earliest occurrence of direct percussion points by ?4000 years in this region.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-147
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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