Asia Pacific Australia

“The first people probably arrived in small groups and at best spoke a few languages. But 50,000 years later … there were more than 1000 languages, so over that period there was enormous social change,” he says, adding, “I think we have demonstrated a changing people in a changing environment.”

Hiscock argues that the social and economic lives of Aboriginals were not only elaborate, but also regionally diverse, adapting to local conditions and changing as those conditions changed.

Some archaeologists argue that physical remnants such as this chert knife found in Djadjiling in WA give a more accurate view of life in ancient Australia than re-interpreting post-European contact history.


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