Monday, April 07, 2008

Ancient tools unearthed in Australia

Humanity has been is Australia a long time. And a new find proves that humans were thriving there 35,000 years ago! Yahoo! has a story on it titled Ancient tools unearthed in Australia.

The article notes, "Tools dating back at least 35,000 years have been unearthed in a rock shelter in Australia's remote northwest, making it one of the oldest archaeological finds in that part of the country, archaeologists said Monday. The tools include a piece of flint the size of a small cell phone and hundreds of tiny sharp stones that were used as knives. One local Aboriginal elder saw it as vindication of what his people have said all along — that they have inhabited this land for tens of thousands of years."

It is hard to fathom how old this is. Ancient Rome ruled 2000 years ago. And that is ancient history. Now, go back another 33,000 years!

The article continues, "Australia's Aborigines have been called the world's oldest continuous culture; some archaeological sites elsewhere in Australia date Aboriginal presence to at least 40,000 years ago." I wonder how much older human artifacts are yet waiting to be found Down Under?


klkatz said...

makes you wonder, would sear's craftsman tools be around in 35,000years?

watching History channel's "Life After People" really makes you appreciate the way things were.

Ingar: said...

Did you notice this article:

I thought maybe you'd like this for your history blog.

M said...

Good suggestion. Thanks.