Sydney Settlers' history rewritten: go back 30,000 years

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A CACHE of charcoal, stone tools and artefacts unearthed to make way for a high-rise apartment block has been found to be 30,000 years old, more than doubling the accepted age of Aboriginal settlement in Sydney.

The discovery, to be presented to an archaeological conference opening at the University of Sydney next weekend, was the result of a dig originally set up to search for signs of convict era occupation.

It is the oldest evidence yet found of humans occupying what is now metropolitan Sydney

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