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Lake Mungo

Listed under Archaeological Sites in New South Wales, Australia.

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Lake Mungo is a vast dry, outback lake and the site of many important archaeological finds, most significantly the remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human to be found in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest ritual cremation discovered in the world. Discovered in 1969, Mungo Lady is thought to be around 40,000 years old.

There is evidence of human habitation around what would have been the lake's shores dating from as far back at 50,000 years ago here, in the form of excavated stone tools and flour grinders. Digs at the lake have uncovered material from before the last ice age, including items corroborating the existence of several varieties of Australian megafauna (elephant sized wombats and vast koalas.).

Now listed as a National Park, there is now a nearby visitors centre housing many of the finds and other aboriginal artefacts.

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