Archaeologists look below the ocean surface in Murujuga (Dampier Archipelago) via @ABCNews

Via ABC News

IMG_1149.jpgArchaeologists in the north-west of Western Australia are conducting a survey with a difference at the bottom of the ocean.

Key points:

  • The researchers have been looking for ancient Indigenous artefacts on the seabed in the Dampier Archipelago
  • Sea levels have risen 130m since the ice age, and artefacts like tools and rock carvings could still be underwater
  • The team plan to publicly share “pretty exciting results” at the end of the year

The pioneering project is searching for underwater evidence of ancient Indigenous culture in the Dampier Archipelago.

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Author: Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture

This is our official project blog for the Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture. Our project is funded by the Australian Research Council (DP170100812) and our official webpage is: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/seacountry.cfm Submerged landscape archaeology is an under-researched field in Australia and represents a major opportunity to address knowledge gaps in world prehistory such as early human migrations, the archaeology of land bridges and coastal-hinterland cultural exchange.