How and when did people first arrive in Australia? Peter Hiscock assesses the current thinking and the archaeological evidence.
It’s generally thought that the first humans arrived on this continent somewhere around 50,000 years ago. But how did they get here and what light can archaeology shed on the process?
Was there a gradual movement out of Africa, through the Middle East across to Asia and then finally arriving in Australia by boat? Or was there a rapid dispersal, multiple waves and different origins ?
Archaeologist Peter Hisock summarises and assesses the current thinking and evidence.
Highlights of Coming to Australia: The first migration of humans to Australia and its global significance. The final talk in the 2013 Insights lectures series presented by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni, University of Sydney, October 2013.
Professor Peter Hiscock, The Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney