This area, now officially called the Northwest Shelf, was widely inhabited by humans 70,000 years ago and is thought to have been inhabited by up to 500,000 people.
The territory included archipelagos, lakes, rivers and even a large inland sea. Historians believe that it was through these lands that ancient people crossed from Indonesia to Australia, eventually turning into today’s aborigines.
The “Australian Atlantis” was hidden under water during the rise of sea levels due to the melting of glaciers after the end of the Ice Age, and now in its place is the Timor Sea with a depth of 90 to 250 meters.
The new study of the area was carried out by archaeologist Kasih Norman and his team from Graffiti University, Queensland, Australia.
“We are revealing details of the complex landscape that existed on Australia’s northwest shelf. It was unlike any landscape found on our continent today.”
The last ice age ended about 18 thousand years ago and melting ice began to gradually flood the territory of the ancient continent of Sahul, which included the lands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.
Due to sinking under water, the “Australian Atlantis” disappeared, and New Guinea and Tasmania turned into separate islands, as they still exist.
The lands of the North-Western Shelf during the period of its population by humans had very favorable conditions for life, with a sufficient supply of fresh water and animals, as evidenced by recent archaeological finds.
The seabed is difficult to excavate, but even with limited work, quite a number of stone tools have been found there. Archaeologists do not name the exact number of people who lived there, but they calculated that there could have been at least 50 thousand, and a maximum of 500 thousand people.
These lands were not flooded suddenly, but over the course of about 400 years, that is, most people had the opportunity to slowly leave the flooded areas.
And they went to the nearby Australian regions of Kimberley and Arnhem, which is proven by the appearance there of a new style of rock paintings that arose just at this time.