Australian Museum Journal Some wooden artefacts from the north coast of NSW: new archeological and ethnographic data

Shortform:
McBryde, 1978, Rec. Aust. Mus. 31(16): 660–671
Author(s):
McBryde, Isabel
Year published:
1978
Title:
Some wooden artefacts from the north coast of NSW: new archeological and ethnographic data
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
31
Issue:
16
Start page:
660
End page:
671
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1978.207
Language:
English
Plates:
published 31 October 1978, not September 1977
Date published:
31 October 1978
Cover date:
30 September 1977
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ARCHAEOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN
Digitized:
24 December 2008
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
207
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (282kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2733kb PDF)

Abstract

This paper records and discusses the cultural context of three dated items from the North Coast of New South Wales. All were recovered by chance from waterlogged deposits during dredging or farming activities not found during systematic archaeological investigations. They include one boomerang from the Clarence River at Grafton, and a boomerang and one point from a multi-pronged fishing spear found in swamp deposits at Collombatti on the Lower Macleay north of Kempsey.

Aboriginal technologies as recorded in the immediate contact period depended to a considerable extent on organic raw materials. Many major items in the "extractive tool kit" of hunting weapons as well as basic tools and utensils were made of wood and bark fibres, and so are unlikely to survive in archaeological deposits, even of relatively recent age....

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