Sandstone quarries and grinding stone manufacture: Survey and excavation at Yambacoona Hill in south-eastern Australia

20th November 2013

Judith H. Field, Richard Fullagar, Joe Dortch, Adriana Dutkiewicz and Paul Gordon

Introduction*

Location of Cuddie Springs, Yambacoona Hill and Mt Oxley in SA Australia (published in Australian Archaeology 56:46).

Location of Cuddie Springs, Yambacoona Hill and Mt Oxley in SA Australia (published in Australian Archaeology 56:46).

Grinding stones are a ubiquitous feature of arid and semi-arid Australia, yet there have been few investigations into production at particular quarries (e.g. McBryde 1997; Mulvaney 1998). These implements were manufactured in many parts of Australia to process a variety of materials: ochre, bone, small animals, wood, and plant foods such as nuts and grass seeds (Field and Fullagar 1998; McCarthy 1967). Seed-grinding stones provided a crucial technology for occupation of drier regions (Balme 1991; Smith 1986; Edwards and O’Connell 1995).

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Field, J.H., R. Fullagar, J. Dortch, A. Dutkiewicz and P. Gordon
Sandstone quarries and grinding stone manufacture: Survey and excavation at Yambacoona Hill in south-eastern Australia
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