OCTOPUS Database v.2: The SahulArch Radiocarbon collection

Project title

OCTOPUS Database v.2


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.


ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH); University of Wollongong

Publication year


Collection period


Extent of Data

Sahul (mainland Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and neighbouring islands)

Software Required

Web browser + any desktop GIS

FoR codes (2020)

370905 Quaternary environments, 450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Contact details

Email: codilean@uow.edu.au Phone: 02 4221 3426 Address: Building 41, SMAH/SEALS University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522