Ancient History - Lake Mungo

1385 Words6 Pages
ANCIENT HISTORY ASSESSMENT TASK 3 HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION – THE MUNGO MAN AND MUNGO WOMAN YEAR 11, 2012 AGE OF ABORIGINAL OCCUPATION IN AUSTRALIA – MUNGO MAN AND MUNGO WOMAN Who was Mungo man and Mungo woman? New South Wales West locates one of the greatest archaeological sites in Australia’s history, that is, Lake Mungo. The lake, which existed about 25,000 – 45,000 years ago, had once taken up 135 squared kilometers of land and was 10 meters in depth. However 14,000 years ago it dried up and…show more content…
The scientists backed up their argument through the use of evidence that claimed how old the series of layers of rocks in Lake Mungo are, they found that the rocks were 43,000 years old using the lowest level of the archaeological site. Since, their argument was justified, they had the right to believe that Mungo Man was not older than what they claimed. On the other hand, the Australian National University team had evidence that the layers of rocks at Lake Mungo were 59,000 and 63,000 years old. Scientists from the University of Melbourne led a group of scientists from a number of universities in Australia who had then come to a new agreement that claimed that Mungo Man was 40,000 years old. The new age, 40,000 years, is a perfect match with the stratigraphic5 evidence and the 4 types of dating methods that were put forward from many scientists. This specific age of Mungo Man is now the age that is accepted by everyone which then concludes to being the second oldest modern human body remains that were not found in Africa. Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, Mungo woman was found to be 43,000 years old. This, however, was announced after the same scientists discovered that Mungo woman was around the same age as Mungo man. Before they had discovered this, they believed she was 30,000 years old. Mungo Woman’s remains were then announced as the oldest human remains to ever be discovered. 17 years ago, Greg Adcock6 along with others collected

More about Ancient History - Lake Mungo

Get Access