In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a time revolution that has gripped the nation over the past half century.
In today’s episode of Essays On Air – the audio version of our Friday essay series – we’re reading you Billy Griffiths, Lynette Russell and Richard “Bert” Roberts’ essay When did Australia’s human history begin?
This essay seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story to explore the ways in which scientists and humanists are engaging with the deep past.
Snow by David Szesztay
Didgeridoo by Jimmie P Rodgers
I am Australian by The Seekers
This episode was edited by Jenni Henderson. Illustration by Marcella Cheng.