Chance discovery reveals ancient Indigenous settlement in the Flinders Ranges.

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Photo taken by Tahlia Svingos at the South Australian Museum

Whilst travelling through the northern Flinders Ranges, researchers and locals stumbled across a discovery that has changed Indigenous history.

A rock shelter, covered in rock art, was found at a site known as Warratyi.

The site has pushed back the earliest-known dates of settlement to 49,000 years, 10,000 years earlier than previously documented.

Giles Hamm, honorary research fellow at the South Australian Museum, found the site with local Adnyamathanha elder Clifford Coulthard.

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