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In 1979 and the early 1980s as part of post-graduate research Museum archaeologist Moya Smith, with members of the Esperance Aboriginal community, undertook archaeological excavations at Cheetup rockshelter in southern Western Australia. Excavations yielded botanical and faunal remains as well as stone tools and was dated from 13,000 BP to 1800s AD.
Cheetup rockshelter yielded remains of the treatment of Macrozamia for consumption dating to c. 13,000 years. This is a rare macroscopic example of late Pleistocene use and preparation of plant foods.
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Aboriginal culture; Aboriginal peoples (Australians); Archaeology; Food; Rock shelters; Stone tools
Aboriginal peoples; Archaeology; Artefacts; Excavations (Archaeology); Indigenous foods; Tools
Aboriginal prehistory; Archaeology; Esperance Aboriginal community; Macrozamia; Moya Smith; Stone tools
Anthropological specimens; Botanical specimens
Western Australia; Esperance; Cheetup