Mungo Lady

A 20,000–26,000-year-old female skull found in the Lake Mungo dig in New South Wales, and one of the oldest human fossils in Australia. LM1 became a symbol of the long Aboriginal occupation in Australia, and an icon for both archaeologists and indigenous Australians
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The cremated remains of Mungo Lady, found in 1969 in the region, is among the world's earliest evidence of complex funeral rites.
CREMATION was found to date back at least 20,000 years with the discovery in 1968 of the partly cremated remains of Mungo Lady at the dried-out Lake Mungo in New South Wales, Australia.
This book is a series of well-written, sometimes lyric essays on three famous Australian places: Hallett Cove, an outdoor laboratory and museum on the edge of a suburban development, Lake Callabona, a salt flat that revealed the bones of prehistoric monsters over the course of more than a century, and Willandra Lakes, a World Heritage site where the bones of Mungo Lady, the oldest Australian, were discovered.
For indigenous people, Mungo Lady and Mungo Man are not simply common progenitors belonging to all for the good of scientific advancement, something archaeologists trained in the Western scientific tradition have had to negotiate with in recent times.
Despite 40 years of record since the discovery of the Mungo Lady remains, the level of support falls drastically short of World Heritage requirements.
In February 1992, with other senior custodians of the Willandra Lakes Area, she was a key figure in the moving ceremonies associated with the return of Mungo Lady to her country.