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Notes on the hunting sticks (lughkana), spears (perenna), and baskets (tughbrana) of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

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Noetling, Fritz (1911) Notes on the hunting sticks (lughkana), spears (perenna), and baskets (tughbrana) of the Tasmanian Aborigines. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 64-106. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

In the papers previously published in the Society's
journal I have conclusively proved, and it can now be considered as an established fact, that the stone relics of the Aborigines represent implements only, and not weapons.
This is a fact of the greatest importance, and its significance
will only be fully realised when we apply it to the
study of archaeolithic man in Europe.
The Aborigines had undoubtedly
discovered that these flakes were excellent cutting implements,
as they have generally a fine edge, and often enough
terminated in a sharp point, however, it is impossible to understand why the Aborigines did not
fix a suitable flake to a piece of wood, thus producing a
weapon far superior to the primitive wooden spear.
If we knew for certain which of the Archaeolithic industries,
from the Fagnian to the Mesvinian, used the hunting
stick only, and which used the wooden spear besides it, a
great stride in our knowledge of the development of the
human race would have been made.
Includes plates.

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. 64-106
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection
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: 27 May 2013 01:16
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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