STONE TOOLS AND ARTEFACTS - 1

Stone tools were used to cut wood and bark from trees, to fashion wooden tools, weapons and utensils, and to pound and grind food. Stone was also used to make spear barbs (in south-eastern Australia in the past), spear points, and knives.


The range of Aboriginal stone tools and artefacts utilised in Australia includes:

 

A hand axe shaped like a giant double mussel shell. Length 17 cm.
Central Australia
Photo: David M. Welch.

Aboriginal tools

 

Aboriginal tools

 

Demonstrating the use of a ground-edge stone axe.


Photograph taken in the 1920s, from Savage Life in Central Australia, Second Edition 2009.

 

A stone chisel (tuhla) is mounted with plant gum (mindrie) to the end of a wooden stick (koondi), and used to shape a boomerang (kirra). These are local names used by the Wangkangurru people of inland Australia.

Photograph taken in the 1920s, from Savage Life in Central Australia, Second Edition 2009.

Aboriginal tools

 

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