Landscapes - Robert Downie
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Mungo Lunette

An full Easter moon rises as the sun sets over one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The Walls of China is a lunette that sits on the eastern side of the ancient Lake Mungo stretching for more than 33 km. It is made up of three distinct layers; the reddish Gol Gol layer, formed between 100,000 and 120,000 years ago,while the archaeologically prolific middle greyish layer or Mungo layer, deposited between 50,000 and 25,000 years ago with the most recent Zanci layer, which is pale brown, being laid down mostly between 25,000 and 15,000 years ago. The scientific evidence shows that Aboriginal people have lived at Mungo for at least 45,000 years. This is the dated age of the oldest stone artifacts and human remains that have been found so far, and represents a lineage that extends back over some 2000 generations. Lake Mungo dried up almost 14,000 years ago and is located in the deep Outback of NSW, Australia

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