A technological investigation into the beginnings of systematic blade production at Garnawala 2, Northern Territory

Clarkson, Chris (1994). A technological investigation into the beginnings of systematic blade production at Garnawala 2, Northern Territory Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Clarkson, Chris
Thesis Title A technological investigation into the beginnings of systematic blade production at Garnawala 2, Northern Territory
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1994
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Harry Lourandos
Total pages 232
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Formatted abstract
A technological analysis of the stone artefact assemblage from Gamawala 2, Northern Territory, was undertaken in order to investigate the beginnings of blade production at the site. Concurrent with this aim was the investigation of the nature of the transition from pre-blade to blade technologies.

From the results of a technological analysis, it is proposed that changes occurred in the nature and organisation of stone artefact manufacturing technology at Gamawala 2, and that these involved a shift from non-systematic blade/point production to systematic production at C.3000 BP. It is also suggested that the technological and typological precedents to the later systematic blade/point industry may exist in an earlier assemblage at Gamawala 2, and that assemblages of this kind may occur in other sites in northern Australia.

These results have implications for future investigations into the origins and timing of the introduction of blade/point industries in Australia. It is argued that, by themselves, typological approaches are unsuited to the investigation o f the mechanics of technological change, and that fixture investigations should employ more rigorous technological approaches.
Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Antiquities
Aboriginal Australians -- Implements -- Northern Territory
Stone implements -- Northern Territory
Additional Notes Variant title: Technological investigation into systematic blade production at Garnawala 2

 
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