Australian Aboriginal biface reduction techniques on the Georgina River, Camooweal, Queensland

20th November 2013

Mark W. Moore
Late stage large bifaces from the Georgina River project area (published in Australian Archaeology 56:23).

Late stage large bifaces from the Georgina River project area (published in Australian Archaeology 56:23).

A technological analysis was recently completed on a collection of stone artefacts recovered during bridge construction at Camooweal, northwest Queensland. The results indicate that various bifacial reduction techniques were an integral part of the Aboriginal stone-working repertoire. A sophisticated knowledge of biface flaking and a multi-staged approach to manufacture is suggested by large hand axe-like bifaces and small bifacial points. The reduction techniques used in manufacturing these bifaces were also used on other elements in the stone toolkit.

Moore, M.W.
Australian Aboriginal biface reduction techniques on the Georgina River, Camooweal, Queensland
2003
56
22–34
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