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The Aboriginal designations for stone implements

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Noetling, Fritz (1908) The Aboriginal designations for stone implements. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 60-67. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

During his studies of the stone implements manufactured by the Tasmanian aborigines, Noetling noticed that the Southern tribes had a special word for the particular rock, generally though incorrectly called "Black Flint." However, there is confusion about whether the word "Flint" means to express the mineral flint, or does it
mean an object made from flint?
After much analysis of the language used by the Tasmanian aborigines, Noetling discovered only one or two words used to describe implements created as cutting tools. He decided that The Aborigines did not
manufacture an implement which, for instance, solely
and exclusively served the purposes of a knife, or a
chopper, or a scraper. Any suitable fragment of rock
could be used for any of these actions above-mentioned,
and we must take it as granted that the Aborigines
never manufactured special implements to serve special
purposes only.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 60-67
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 06:29
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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