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High-Tech, Low-Tech: Lithic Technology in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

TitleHigh-Tech, Low-Tech: Lithic Technology in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAKERMAN, K.
EditorAPEL, J., and K. KNUTSSON
Book TitleSkilled Production and Social Reproduction
CityUppsala
PublisherSocietas Archaeologica Upsaliensis
Pages323-346
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Ground-edge tools like axes, grinding equipment, unhafted flake blade and core cutting tools, hafted knives and scrapers, pressure flaked spearheads in 3 different lithic zones. Heat treatment of rock common.
Kimberley points as spear heads, knives, trade goods. Descriptions of flaking process. Man might have 5-20 at one time, but renew or replace maybe 4/week. Glass favored, takes 15 + minutes.
Composite spears 250-350 cm, ave wt 170 grams, so could be thrown with long spear thrower up to 140 yards, accurate to 80. Solid wood spears thrown with shorter desert style thrower often with adze on handle.

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