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A probable pleistocene occupation site in Central Western Tasmania


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Kiernan, K 1982 , 'A probable pleistocene occupation site in Central Western Tasmania' , Australian Archaeology, vol. December 1982, no. 15 , pp. 85-91 .

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Exploration of a minor karst area in 1979-80, during investigation
of the glacial chronology of Tasmania's central West Coast Range, has
revealed evidence of probable human occupation in the form of burnt and
split macropod bones in a small limestone cave. The cave lies beside
the Nelson River 12 km east of Queenstown at an elevation of 240m. It
has been suggested that this general area of inland western Tasmania was unoccupied in both prehistoric and historic times (Jones 1968. 1974).
Although the Nelson River cave provides the first evidence for prehistoric
man in the river valleys inland from the West Coast Range, it is hitherto
unreported to an archaeological readership. This note briefly describes
the site and places it in the context of what 1s presently known of the climate in the area at the time of occupation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kiernan, K
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Archaeology
ISSN: 0312-2417
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