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The Moyjil site, south-west Victoria, Australia: Chronology

JE Sherwood, JM Bowler, SP Carey, J Hellstrom, IJ McNiven, CV Murray-Wallace, JR Prescott, DG Questiaux, NA Spooner, FM Williams, JD Woodhead

Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2018


An unusual shell deposit at Moyjil (Point Ritchie), Warrnambool, in western Victoria, has previously been dated at 67±10 ka and has features suggesting a human origin. If human, the site would be one of Australia’s oldest, justifying a redetermination of age using amino acid racemisation (AAR) dating of Lunella undulata (syn. Turbo undulatus) opercula (the dominant shellfish present) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of the host calcarenite. AAR dating of the shell bed and four Last Interglacial (LIG) beach deposits at Moyjil and Goose Lagoon, 30 km to the west, confirmed a LIG age. OSL analysis of the host sand revealed a complex mixing history, with a significant fraction (47%) o..

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