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A large area archaeological excavation at Cuddie Springs

  • Judith Field (a1), Richard Fullagar (a2) and Garry Lord (a3)

Large area excavation at Cuddie Springs has revealed that the Pleistocene sediments have remained undisturbed. This eliminates the possibility that stone artefacts found in association with megafauna may have been introduced by disturbance from higher levels and indicates an overlap of megafauna with humans of at least 10,000 years.

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