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Lake Mungo


In 1969 the Australian National University sent an archaeological team to Lake Mungo, in the Willandra Lakes region of southern New South Wales, to investigate some human bones found there a year earlier.  These bones later turned out to be the result of a cremation burial.  A second burial, of a complete skeleton, was found in 1974.

In 1992 the skeleton from Mungo was returned to the Aboriginal community.

'Lake Mungo', 1994), in Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT, p.577.

Use the following resources to find out: What do the discoveries at Lake Mungo of human remains tell us about ancient civilisation?

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  • Bahn, Paul G., editor, (1996), 'Earliest Australians', in Tombs, graves & mummies, Phoenix Illustrated, London, pp.26-29.


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