Quartz and silcrete raw material use and selection in late Holocene assemblages from semi-arid Australia

Douglass, Matthew J., Holdaway, Simon J., Shiner, Justin and Fanning, Patricia C. (2015) Quartz and silcrete raw material use and selection in late Holocene assemblages from semi-arid Australia. Quaternary International, 424 12-23. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.041


Author Douglass, Matthew J.
Holdaway, Simon J.
Shiner, Justin
Fanning, Patricia C.
Title Quartz and silcrete raw material use and selection in late Holocene assemblages from semi-arid Australia
Journal name Quaternary International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-6182
1873-4553
Publication date 2015-09-11
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.041
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 424
Start page 12
End page 23
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Both quartz and silcrete cobbles are abundant in the stony desert regions of western New South Wales, Australia and were used by Aboriginal people who occupied these regions from the mid to late Holocene. Archaeologists often characterise quartz as an inferior material for flaking when compared to silcrete, but Aboriginal people made intensive use of both materials. Here, we investigate the degree to which archaeologists can draw inferences about the choices people made in the past regarding the selection and use of different raw materials. Different types of raw material (i.e. microcrystalline silcretes and macrocrystalline quartzes) were flaked more or less intensively, but it is the utilization of the products of this flaking, not simply their manufacture, that allows inferences to be made about past intentions.
Keyword Cortex
Utility
Quartz
Mobility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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