The Lithic Assemblage of the Western Desert Aborigines of Australia

  title={The Lithic Assemblage of the Western Desert Aborigines of Australia},
  author={Richard A. Gould and Dorothy A. Koster and Ann H. L. Sontz},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={149 - 169}
Abstract Statistical and microscopic studies of ethnographic Australian Aboriginal stone tools reveal patterns which correlate significantly with the known uses, techniques of manufacture, and native classification of these tools. Statistically, the most significant correlation occurs between the angle of the working edge of the tool and the classification and function of the tool. Steep-edge flakes are classified as purpunpa and serve as woodworking scrapers, while flakes with acute edge… 

Aboriginal Perceptions of Their Stone Tool Technology: A Case Study from the Western Desert, Australia

The basic tools of subsistence used by Aboriginal people in Australia were made of wood and stone. Unfortunately termites, fires and the sun are harsh on wooden implements and none but the most

The archaeologist as ethnographer: A case from the Western desert of Australia

Abstract Recent excavations at Puntutjarpa Rocksheiter, in the Western Desert of Australia, reveal a continuous human occupation of this site from 10,000 years ago to the present. Preliminary

Quartz, the multifaceted stone: a regional prehistory of the Helena River Valley on the Swan Coastal Plain of southwestern Australia

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Stone Tools and Paleolithic Settlement in the Iberian Peninsula

  • C. M. Barton
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
  • 1990
The assemblages from four sites in Spain and Gibraltar form the basis of a study that addresses the behavioral significance of the variability in Middle Paleolithic chipped stone artifacts.

Beyond Style and Function: A View from the Middle Paleolithic

Chipped stone artifacts are a significant, and often the only available, record of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. The assemblages from four Middle Paleolithic sites in the Iberian peninsula form the

Living Lithics: ethnoarchaeology in Highland Papua New Guinea

This paper represents the joint work of two very different specialists. The fieldwork was undertaken by Sillitoe as part of his ethnographic research in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the interpretative

An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Hafting and Stone Tool Diversity among the Gamo of Ethiopia

The significance of flaked stone tool variation has been a source of great archaeological debate for over 100 years. Even though evidence for stone tool hafting exists as far back as the Middle

The Story is in the Rocks: How Stone Artifact Scatters can Inform our Understanding of Ancient Aboriginal Stone Arrangement Functions

ABSTRACT The Aboriginal stone arrangements of Australia’s northwest Pilbara region are cultural features of considerable interest to Australian scholars. Despite decades of investigation, the



Chipped stone tools of the Aboriginal tribes east andnorth-east of Lake Eyre, South Australia

Many of the stones used for weaponry or as tools, were easy to source and therefore, any that were worn out were discarded as the supply for new ones was plentiful. Rough flakes which were chipped

Lithic Analysis in Paleoanthropology

Recently, a number of archaeologists have come to realize that, in order to achieve their anthropological goals, new procedures for the collection, description, and interpretation of archaeological data must be formulated within a general theoretical framework in which explanatory inferences may be tested against the whole range of anthropological data.

Some Wood and Stone Implements of the Bindibu Tribe of Central Western Australia

  • D. Thomson
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
  • 1964
In 1956–57 the remote and almost unexplored desert terrain that stretches for hundreds of miles north and west of Lake Mackay—a great salt morass that lies across the border between Northern

Prehistory of Australia

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Functional Analysis of Flaked Stone Artifacts

Edge-angle measurements from 1,448 Paleo-Indian stone artifacts are presented and differences in angle size distributions are found to characterize distal and lateral edges, indicative of different functional operations.

Djanba among the Walbiri, Central Australia

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The Old Stone Age.