Australian archaeologists uncover 40,000-year-old site

Australian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the world’s southernmost site of early human life, a 40,000-year-old tribal meeting ground, an Aboriginal leader said Wednesday.

The find came during an archaeological survey ahead of roadworks near Tasmania’s Derwent River and soil dating had established the age of the artefacts found there.

Up to three million artefacts, including stone tools, shellfish fragments and food scraps, were believed to be buried in the area, which appeared to have been a meeting ground for three local tribes.

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