Warratyi Rock Shelter

Warratyi Nambal Nanggurr

The Warratyi rock shelter in the northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Photo: AAP / Giles Hamm. From: https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/nature-calls-toilet-break-leads-to-discovery-of-49000yearold-aboriginal-site/news-story/2722cb77c8a9630b836bfd9a1a5c3905

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Guugu Yimithirr

Bamaal start-use-im-gurray nambal nanggurr gaarbaarr 49,000–45,000 years ago. Yiyi bubu yuba buyuurbi. Warratyi 550 km Adelaide gunggaalu, South Australiabi, Adnyamathanha Warrawi. Yiyi warra muguul-muguul bubu continent gaarbarrin, wanhthaa bama muguul-muguul nhin-gay. Nhamun-gu nganhthaan binaal, bama dindaalgu wali-wali Australiawi thaday.


People started using Warratyi rock shelter between 49,000–45,000 years ago . This site is close to a spring and lies about 550km north of Adelaide South Australia, in Adnyamathanha country. It is the oldest inland site we know ancestors lived at. It shows that it didn’t take people very long to travel to all parts of the country.