Aboriginal remains ‘hugely significant’

Archaeologists say they’re poised to unravel the mystery behind a set of “hugely significant” ancient Aboriginal remains discovered near lake Cargelligo last year. 

Aerial view of Lake Cargelligo [Credit: Lachlan Shire Council]
A man 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, according to reports. 

State Office of Environment and Heritage archaeologist, Phil Purcell, says he hopes to have determined exactly how old the remains were by the end of the month, regional media report. 

“It’s not likely to be older than Mungo man, but it’s certainly going to be old,” he is quoted. 

“There wasn’t 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 Harris says the remains had revealed the man was seven feet tall, had approximately size 15 feet and had been buried ritually.  

Source: Cowra Community News [May 18, 2012]

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