The mystery of what Australia’s coastline was like 7,000 years ago has been solved by ancient Aboriginal memories.
Lead researcher Professor Patrick Nunn of University of the Sunshine Coast collaborated with linguist Nick Reid over three years, studying Aboriginal stories from around Australia. The study revealed sea levels were significantly lower than they are today. Professor Nunn said the stories consistently described the extended coastline and offered detailed insight into how the rising sea affected people.
It is remarkable that the stories have endured 7,000 years and the time span of the memories in Australian Aboriginal stories is unmatched by any other culture. Professor Nunn says it is likely due to the harshness of Australia’s natural environment forced the passing on of knowledge to ensure each generation’s survival.