The oldest known piece of bone jewelry attributed to Homo sapiens has been excavated in the Kimberley region of northern Australia by archaeologists at the Australian National University (ANU). This discovery is considered to be very important on many levels since it reshapes what is known about the first inhabitants in Oceania, as it demonstrates that their craftsmanship equaled those in Africa and Europe during the same period.
The bone ornament. Credit: Australian National University
The Aboriginal Peoples in Australia
There are more than five hundred different Aboriginal peoples in Australia, each with their own language and territory and usually made up of a large number of separate clans. Archaeologists believe that the Aboriginals first came to the Australian continent around 50,000 or 60,000 years ago, a theory that looks quite possible, especially after the recent discovery of the rare piece of Indigenous jewelry in the country. However, Aboriginals themselves trace their origin back to the Dreamtime, an era long past when the earth was first formed. According to the Aboriginal traditions and beliefs,
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