Australian Museum Journal Adzes and adze-like implements from eastern Australia

Shortform:
McCarthy, 1944, Rec. Aust. Mus. 21(5): 267–271
Author(s):
McCarthy, Frederick D.
Year published:
1944
Title:
Adzes and adze-like implements from eastern Australia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
21
Issue:
5
Start page:
267
End page:
271
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.21.1944.542
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xvii
Date published:
22 June 1944
Cover date:
22 June 1944
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN
Digitized:
03 September 2009
Reference number:
542
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Title page:
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Complete work:
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Abstract

Occasional edge-ground adzes have been recorded from scattered localities in Australia, and their existence as a type has been referred to by the author (1939, 4-5, figs. 2 and 8; 1940b, 227, fig.), and Noone (1943,274-5, 279, figs. 10-12, 30-31). In this paper is given a description of the examples in the collection of the Australian Museum. The chief characteristic of the adze is the asymmetrical blade with its edge above or below the middle; the upper facet is usually rounded, and the lower facet varies from convex to concave and is often at a steep angle. Such implements are hafted, with the blade at a right angle to the haft. The body of the adze varies widely in shape and in Oceania embraces examples with round, lenticular, rectangular, trapezoid, or triangular section.