Axe makers of the Wahgi: pre-colonial industrialists of the Papua New Guinea highlands
Before the first Australian patrol to Mt Hagen in 1933, Stone axes were in daily use in the Papua New Guinea highlands and were widely traded, often in the context of ceremonial exchange. Many occurrences of hard rocks suitable for axe making were exploited, but only at a few centres was the manufacture of axes carried out on a large scale. In recent times, a group of axe factories located in the Wahgi and Jimi Valleys accounted for the bulk of production. In this thesis I look at how the...[Show more]
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