2013 Outback Photograph Competition - 'China Walls'
Entrant: Carl Santilli
Title: China Walls
Walls of China - Mungo National Park is the focal point of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The lunette known as the 'Walls of China' is one of the main highlights of Mungo National Park. It is a 30 kilometre long dune formation which protects some human history of well over 40,000 years. Rain and wind has uncovered ancient fireplaces and hearths, as well as calcified plant matter, artefacts, stone tools and animal bones, including skeletal remains of the famous Mungo man and woman, erosion has sculpted the sand and clay into dramatic formations.
This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.
The long history of occupation at Mungo has combined with ideal conditions for the preservation of some types of relics to create an archaeological treasure house.
Walking through these formations gives you an eerie feeling. At the bottom left corner of the photo you can just make out the paw prints of a Dingo.
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