21st Century Wire says…
Another fascinating find, this time on a beach near Sydney, Australia…
The jawbone of a 1,000 year old skull of a young child has been found after being washed ashore, and now the investigation begins to find out where it originated from. You’d expect that maybe it is the remains of an Aboriginal child, only it’s not.
The continent was “discovered” by Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606. After that, Australia’s eastern half became British after Captain James Cook mapped Australia’s east coast, naming it New South Wales in 1770, and was later settled by Britain’s criminals and convicts in 1783, and later on joined by farmers, adventurers, and orphans from the early 1800’s and onwards.
Forensics scientists will find out whether or not this skull is either Polynesian, or Asian in origin… or from somewhere else. Evidence of ancient mariners in Asia and the Pacific Islands date back to before the time of Christ. The Polynesian culture of the Pacific Islands are regarded as the perhaps the region’s oldest seafaring culture, but they are not alone…
ASIAN SEA POWER: Ancient transpacific sea travel (Image: Transpacificproject.com)
“Over thousands of years of human migrations and the rise of ancient civilizations, seafaring exploration led to ocean trade routes. The earliest known reference to an organization devoted to ships in ancient India is to the Mauryan Empire from the 4th century BC. It is believed that the navigation as a science originated on the river Indus some 5000 years ago.” – Wikipedia
The Chinese sailed south into the South China Sea circa 200 BC as part of their invasion of Annam, presently known as Vietnam.
Back to a beach Down Under…
Mystery of 1,000-year-old child’s jawbone found on beach near Sydney
The jawbone of a young child discovered on a beach in Australia has been matched to a 1,000-year-old skull which washed up on the same beach six years ago.
Work is underway to determine the origins of the child, who is not believed to be Aboriginal but is thought to have come from Asia or the Pacific Islands.
Initial radio carbon-dating of the skull, found on Mona Vale beach in 2008, suggested it dated from between 1200AD and 1400AD. But scientists have now revealed it actually comes from around the year 1001, The Daily Telegraph Australia has reported.
The jawbone was found on the north Sydney beach on September 14 after it was spotted by a passer-by. It was passed on to a forensic anthropologist by officers from the Northern Beaches Local Area Command, according to Daily Mail Australia.
Dr Xanthe Mallett, anthropologist and senior lecturer in forensic criminology at the University of New England, told The Daily Telegraph Australia the skull may have belonged to a private collection.
Dr Mallett said: “It may have gone missing overboard from an early ship or, and this is completely hypothetical, the person who had the skeleton may have decided to give it the burial it never had and buried it on a beach where it was washed into the water.”
In 2005, energy workers discovered the skeleton of an Aboriginal man dating back 3,700 years.
The skeleton, dubbed ‘Narrabeen man’, was found near a bus shelter on the northern beaches. Studies suggested the man had died from a blow to the head and at least three spear wounds, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported.
The remains of Narrabeen man are the oldest found in the area of Sydney.
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