Aboriginal people have long inhabited many of Australia’s ancient sites, from Stonehenge in the Northern Territory to the mysterious Mount Campbell in Victoria.
The first Australians to explore the continent’s ancient cities were the early Aboriginal Australians, who built cities and built temples in the region’s deserts.
Now, a new study has found the oldest city of the continent is in Tasmania.
The University of Tasmania and the University of Western Australia, which are jointly leading the project, have mapped the oldest settlement in Tasmania and are currently working to build a detailed map of the state’s past.
“These ancient cities have been a crucial element of the human story of the Tasmanian landscape for more than two million years,” Professor John Hall, from the University’s School of Geography and Ancient History, said.
It’s the oldest known city in Tasmania, and it is believed to be one of the most important sites of the region.
Professor Hall said the discovery was a great achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who have historically depended on trade routes and archaeological sites for knowledge and cultural resources.
“These sites are key to our understanding of how the Tasmanians lived and worked for millennia,” he said.
“The Tasmanians are a people who have lived in the Southern Ocean for thousands of years and are very well adapted to the cold and the harsh environment that existed in those ancient times.”
Professor John Hall said archaeological evidence was crucial to the understanding of the history of the Southern Island, and that this included the earliest sites of trading and settlement in the southern tip of the island.
Aboriginal people are known to have lived on the island for more then 100,000 years.
They have lived there for more thirties to fifty years, and the oldest Aboriginal people on the mainland are estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.
”This is a significant step forward in our understanding the history and culture of the southern Tasmanian people,” Professor Hall said.