Multiple uses for Australian backed artefacts

Robertson, Gail, Attenbrow, Val and Hiscock, Peter (2009) Multiple uses for Australian backed artefacts. Antiquity, 83 320: 296-308.

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Author Robertson, Gail
Attenbrow, Val
Hiscock, Peter
Title Multiple uses for Australian backed artefacts
Journal name Antiquity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-598X
Publication date 2009-06-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 83
Issue 320
Start page 296
End page 308
Total pages 13
Editor Martin Carver
Place of publication Cambrige
Publisher Antiquity Publications Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Abstract Backed artefacts, otherwise microliths or backed bladelets, are key indicators of cultural practice in early Australia - but what were they used for? The authors review a number of favourite ideas - hunting, scarification, wood working - and then apply use-wear analysis and residue studies to three prehistoric assemblages. These showed contact with a wide range of materials: wood, plants, bone, blood, skin and feathers. These results are unequivocal - the backed artefacts were hafted and employed as versatile tools with many functions
Keyword Australia
Backed artefacts
Inter-site variability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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