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A 600-year-old Boomerang fragment from Riwi Cave (South Central Kimberley, Western Australia)

Langley, Michelle; Dilkes-Hall, India Ella; Balme, Jane; O'Connor, Susan


A small fragment of a carefully shaped wooden artefact was recovered from Riwi Cave (south central Kimberley, Western Australia) during 2013 excavations. Directly dated to 670 ± 20 BP, analysis of the artefact’s wood taxon, morphology, manufacturing traces, use wear, and residues, in addition to comparison with ethnographic examples of wooden technology from the Kimberley region, allowed for the identification of the tool from which it originated: a boomerang. In particular, this artefact...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2016.1183404
Access Rights: Open Access


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