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Hafted stone axe

This is an Indigenous stone axe with a 34-cm-long wooden handle, or haft, from the Sydney region, dating from before European contact. The axe is made from hard igneous or metamorphic rock with one end ground to a sharp edge. A piece of flexible wood has been bent around the axe. Originally the handles would have been tied together with twine but the twine has been replaced with European string. Plant resin has been used to secure the axe to its handle.


Paul Ovenden
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