People settled Australia’s rugged interior surprisingly early

Roots of Aboriginal culture may stretch back at least 49,000 years

Warratyi rock-shelter

GIMME SHELTER  Excavations at Warratyi rock-shelter, situated in the middle of this outcrop, suggest people reached the southeastern portion of Australia’s arid interior between 49,000 and 46,000 years ago, shortly after settlers first arrived on the continent. 

G. Hamm

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