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Generally speaking, radiocarbon dating cannot readily be used to date Australian indigenous rock art directly, because it is characterised by the use of ochre, an inorganic mineral pigment that contains no carbon.The paper authors explain that carbon found in the mineral crusts on the rock surface was most probably was formed by microorganisms.The archaeologists suggested the maximum age is likely to be far older.The limited distribution of the NRF style and its unclear relationship to earlier and later art styles has posed challenges for rock art researchers.
Dating carried out by Professor Zenobia Jacobs, an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, has revealed that Aboriginal people lived at Madjedbebe at the same time as now extinct species of giant animals were roaming around.
What are the different methods used to date such artworks?
And what are some of the challenges involved in dating them?
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Media Release A team of archaeologists and dating specialists have new proof that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years — much longer than the 47,000 years believed by some archaeologists.
The new findings have been published in Nature magazine this week.