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Multiple uses for Australian backed artefacts

Robertson, Gail; Attenbrow, Val; Hiscock, Peter


Backed artefacts, otherwise microliths or backed bladelets, are key indicators of cultural practice in early Australia - but what were they used for? The authors review a number of favourite ideas - hunting, scarification, wood working - and then apply use-wear analysis and residue studies to three prehistoric assemblages. These showed contact with a wide range of materials: wood, plants, bone, blood, skin and feathers. These results are unequivocal - the backed artefacts were hafted and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Antiquity


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