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Chipped stone tools of the Aboriginal tribes east and north-east of Lake Eyre, South Australia

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Aiston, George (1928) Chipped stone tools of the Aboriginal tribes east and north-east of Lake Eyre, South Australia. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 123-131. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Many of the stones used for weaponry or as tools, were easy to source and therefore, any that were worn out were discarded as the supply for new ones was plentiful. Rough flakes which were chipped from the original stone were discarded and the pieces which were suitable to be made into tools, were taken back to the camp where further sorting was done, into various categories. Some were useful as tuhlas (chisels), others as kalara, (scrapers), and others were made into pirries. Sometimes, one man would specialise on one tool only. Pirries were used for fine graving work, or as a drill to drill holes into mussell shells.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 123-131
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 05:42
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13103
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