Research project: Axes, Exchange, Social Change: New Perspectives on Australian Hunter-Gatherers.


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The Manly Hatchet

The Manly Hatchet
Photographer: Paul Ovenden © Australian Museum

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Our study will develop new perspectives on Aboriginal hunter-gatherer societies by tracing changing patterns of stone axe exchange over time using a new non-destructive provenancing technique (PXRF).

Dr Val Attenbrow , Principal Research Scientist
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