Ancient aboriginal artefacts discovered underwater

Archaeologists have discovered aboriginal artefacts in Western Australia's continental shelf dating back at least 7,000 years.

Scholars say they are the first to be found underwater in the region

The haul includes hundreds of stone tools made by aboriginal people at two ancient sites.

While the region is well known for its rich ancient history, the two sites are the first confirmed underwater locations holding evidence of human civilization on Australia's continental shelf.

Project leader Dr Jonathan Benjamin.

"You can start to recreate what the people were doing and how they were making their life way in their economy at the time. One of the sites has several hundred submerged stone artefacts."

Divers from Flinders University retrieved the aboriginal objects from what was once dry land, at depths of up to 11 metres.

They had previously mapped and scanned the site before diving in.

Data from the find is being analyzed for precise dating.

However radiocarbon dating and analysis of sea-level changes show the site is at least 7,000 years old.

Video Transcript

- Archaeologists have discovered Aboriginal artifacts in Western Australia's continental shelf dating back at least 7,000 years. Scholars say they're the first to be found underwater in the region. The haul includes hundreds of stone tools made by Aboriginal people at its two ancient sites. While the region is well known for its rich, ancient history, the two sites are the first confirmed underwater locations holding evidence of human civilisation on Australia's continental shelf. Project leader Dr. Jonathan Benjamin.

JONATHAN BENJAMIN: You can start to recreate what the people were doing and how they were, you know, how they were making their lifeway and their economy at the time. One of the sites has several hundred submerged stone artifacts.

- Divers from Flinders University retrieved the Aboriginal objects from what was once dry land at depths of up to 11 meters. They previously mapped and scanned the site before diving in. Data from the find is being analyzed for precise dating. However, radiocarbon dating and analysis of sea level changes show the site is at least 7,000 years old.