Laura rock art, Queensland, Australia

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A complex of Aboriginal rock paintings and peckings in caves and rock‐shelters around Laura on Cape York. The motifs represented include paintings and engravings of animals, tracks, and abstract symbols. Charcoal from occupation layers in the Early Man Rock‐Shelter which cover the paintings and peckings has been radiocarbon dated to the period c.13 000 bc to 10 000 bc, making these amongst the earliest examples of rock art in Australia. The shelter was used down into recent times and the latest images present were probably executed in the 1930s ad.


A. Rosenfeld, D. Horton, and J. Winter, 1981, Early man in north Queensland: art and archaeology in the Laura area. Canberra: Australian National University Press

Subjects: Archaeology.

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