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Preliminary notes on a rock shelter in eastern Tasmania.


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Heyward, F (1933) Preliminary notes on a rock shelter in eastern Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 28-30. ISSN 0080-4703

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A cave was discovered in the cliff walls beside the Little Swanport River. The main usage of the cave appears to have been used more as a temporary refuge or hideout, rather than a living space as only a very few artefacts were discovered in the shelter floor. The implements are interesting as examples of what was found in Tasmania:
1. Side scrapers, 31 and 1/2 inches long, worked full length of
one side.
2. End scraper, 2 2/4 inches long, worked at point
(approximates to Aurignacian type).
3. Awl, worked to good point. One side may have been
of service as concave scraper 23 inches long.
4. Stone similar to oval "oyster" or thumb stone types
though not finished on one side.
5. Roughly heart-shaped stone, top edge concave.
6. Broadened end scraper-a good edge, well chipped,
rest of stone roughly shaped.
7. Nondescript stone, very thin, but with delicate chippings
on edge.

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. 28-30
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2012 00:38
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:31
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