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Published August 16, 2021 | Version v1
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[OBSOLETE] OCTOPUS Database v.2: The SahulArch Radiocarbon collection

  • 1. School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
  • 2. School of Earth Sciences and School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University: Canberra, ACT, AU
  • 3. The University of Waikato: Hamilton, Waikato, NZ
  • 4. EMM Consulting Pty Ltd, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia
  • 5. College of Arts, Society and Education, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia


Database of published radiocarbon ages for archaeological records from Sahul. Sample locations were obfuscated within a radius of 25 km and spatial data includes sample locations as circular polygons. The data uses the WGS84/Pseudo-Mercator (EPSG: 3857) projected coordinate reference system. Sample metadata is comprehensive and includes bibliographic, contextual, and sample preparation and measurement related information.


!!! IMPORTANT NOTE - THIS IS AN ARCHIVED DATA COLLECTION VERSION!!! THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION CAN BE FETCHED FROM RESP. VIA ONLY. Collection period: 1961-2020. Extent of Data: Sahul (mainland Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and neighbouring islands). Related content: FoR codes (2020): 370905 Quaternary environments, 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology. See references for further information.


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  • Codilean, A. T., Munack, H., Saktura, W. M., Cohen, T. J., Jacobs, Z., Ulm, S., Hesse, P. P., Heyman, J., Peters, K. J., Williams, A. N., Saktura, R. B. K., Rui, X., Chishiro-Dennelly, K., and Panta, A.: OCTOPUS database (v.2), Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 3695–3713,, 2022.