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Big debates over little tools: ongoing disputes over microliths on three continents

Hiscock, Peter; Clarkson, Christopher J; Mackay, Alexander


After more than a century, debate over the explanation of microliths continues. We review debates on three continents (Australia, India and southern Africa), and argue that depictions of them as purely symbolic items manufactured for public display are implausible. Two different mechanisms dominate recent discussions: 1) exchange of symbolically loaded artefacts as a device for constructing cultural connections and establishing access to territory/resources, and 2) microliths as portable and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: World Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2011.624755


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