Skip to comments.Remains may be ancient[Australia]
Posted on 05/17/2012 11:44:04 PM PDT by Theoria
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are on the cusp of unravelling the mystery behind a set of hugely significant ancient Aboriginal remains discovered in the region last year.
Former local man Robert Harris Jnr found the remains near an old water course late last February while working on a property outside Lake Cargelligo.
The remains confirmed to be tens of thousands of years old have been hailed as the greatest discovery in more than half a century.
Theyre more significant than first thought, local Aboriginal site recorder and brother of Robert, Max Harris said.
They are as old, or even older than Mungo man he could be the oldest modern human ever discovered.
Hes also supposed to be the ancestor of many central and western NSW Aborigines.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage archaeologist Phil Purcell said he hoped to have determined exactly how old the remains were by the end of the month.
Its not likely to be older than Mungo man, but its certainly going to be old, he said.
There wasnt enough carbon left in the bone samples to be able to test, which is disappointing, but that also indicates that these remains are quite old.
Mr Purcell said they were currently carrying out tests on the sand in which the remains were buried, but there were some discrepancies in the results.
Weve used OSL (testing) to date individual grains of sand in the burial put and were getting some pretty old dates back, he said.
Were also doing uranium series dating on the bone and that shows they are significantly older again theres a difference of about eight to 10,000 years.
We will make an official announcement when we have it sorted. Its important to make the announcement when we know what were dealing with.
Mr Harris said the remains had revealed the man was seven feet tall and had approximately size 15 feet and it had been a ritual burial.
The remains are due to be reburied in a special ceremony this Wednesday in the presence of Aboriginal elders and government representatives.
This one says around 6'5 to 7'4 :Ancient 'Kiacatoo Man' reburial today
Interesting, Yowie, etc ping.
Could somebody knowledgeable help me out here? From what little I have read about uranium testing, I did not think it could be done directly to bones, but was done to igneous rock in the vicinity of the bones. And also I was under the impression that the slowness of the half life of most of the uranium cycle's isotopes made made precision to within tens of thousands of years unrealistic.
It depends on the geological profile of the site itself.
If the body is buried in an area where radioactive isotopes occurr naturally in groundwater, then the age of the bones, which have been absorbing these isotopes slowly over the years, can be dated.
That is how some items, such as carvings in ivory, have been dated in eastern Europe.
Ping! This, an old dead guy, will be of interest to you.
What kind of variance is there in the rate of absorption? Wouldn't the amount of current in the water, the amount of surface area exposure, the size and quantity of the pours on the bone and such have to be accurately estimated to know it?
An Aussie mate of mine, who is part aborigine has told me that it is aborigine tradition not to speak of the dead....so lets whisper on this thread ok?
I really don’t know any particulars, just that this process has been used to determine the age of buried material capable of slowly fossilyzing by absorption of water containing radioactive isotopes.
Well, you knew more than I did at the least ;-).
“Native” doesn't work as it applies to all born in a certain area.
Here, “American Indian” is more accurate even if it was a Columbus gaffe. “Early American” is better but it does not contain the political power of “native” or “earliest” even though both are literally wrong.
So, headlining that the remains of an “Early Australian” (one may even add “very early”) were found would be true journalism.
picking nits can be fun
What I find interesting about all these very ancient skeletons is how big they were.
I personally believe we all migrated out of Sweden.
As those who moved into Africa, their melanin turned their skin dark.
Well, if he was 6'5", with size 15 feet he was about the same size as my oldest son.
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And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.
And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,
All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.
And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:
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