Australian Museum Journal Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, part XI. Rare and curious thylacine depictions from Wollemi National Park, New South Wales and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Shortform:
Taçon et al., 2011. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 23(11): 165–174
Author(s):
Taçon, Paul S. C.; Brennan, Wayne; Lamilami, Ronald
Year published:
2011
Title:
Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, part XI. Rare and curious thylacine depictions from Wollemi National Park, New South Wales and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Serial title:
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum (online)
Volume:
23
Issue:
11
Start page:
165
End page:
174
DOI:
10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1576
Language:
English
Date published:
17 June 2011
Cover date:
17 June 2011
ISSN:
1835-4211
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ARCHAEOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
Digitized:
17 June 2011
Available online:
17 June 2011
Reference number:
1576
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EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (38kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (801kb PDF)

Abstract

Thylacines have long fascinated both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Ancient rock art depictions and recent attempts to clone thylacines with DNA from preserved specimens are good examples of this interest, with the Australian Museum involved in both the documentation of thylacine rock art and DNA sequencing. In this paper we report on a curious rock drawing from a site within Wollemi National Park, NSW and another rock art panel with superimposed paintings from Arnhem Land, NT. Both sites were found in recent years and documented as part of larger regional studies. Val Attenbrow has long argued that we should be cautious when interpreting archaeological evidence and assigning age, so with this in mind we offer a scientific assessment of these rare and unusual thylacine-like images. We conclude that images of thylacines were likely made over both a longer period of time and across a more geographically diverse area than previously realized.

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