What’s the big deal? Well, that’s 10,000 years earlier than previously thought!

The shelter, located in the Flinders Ranges, SA in an area known as Warratyi, also revealed artefacts pre-dating previously known development of using bone and stone as tools.

Consultant archeologist Giles Hamm and local Adnyamathanha elder, Clifford Coulthard made the significant find whilst surveying the gorges in the northern area of the Flinders Ranges. Noticing a blackened roof inside the rock shelter, meaning fires; meaning human activity, the find is much more significant than they originally thought. Other artefacts uncovered also produced the earliest-known use of Ochre in Australia to around the same time.