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A Submerged 7,000-Year-Old Discovery Shows the Great Potential of Underwater Archaeology

July 1, 2020 By Megan Gannon Smithsonian Magazine
Australia has a deep human history stretching back 65,000 years, but many of its oldest archaeological sites are now underwater. In an encouraging sign that Aboriginal artifacts and landscapes may actually be preserved offshore, archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old site submerged along Australia’s continental shelf, the first of its kind. Their discovery is outlined today in the journal PLoS One.