MEGAFAUNA EXCAVATION
Lancefield, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY, 2004

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Lancefield Classic Site above with a view from Melbourne Hill below.
Lancefield Swamp
2004 Excavation


Joe Dortch
Department of Archaeology
University of Sydney

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Lancefield Swamp is a highly significant archaeological site located in the town of Lancefield, 70 km north of Melbourne. It was discovered in 1843 when James Mayne, a well-digger, found giant bones from very large extinct animals now known as megafauna. Along with many other megafauna discoveries around the world at about the same time, the finding of fossils from Victoria provoked two questions that researchers are still trying to answer. What caused the extinction of these strange animals, and when did they die out?



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