Axe

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Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Edge-ground greenstone axe
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander axe head - edge ground
Measurements
315mm.
Media/Materials description
Greenstone
History and use
Axes were primarily used for tool manufacture and food procurement (e.g. cutting out a bee hive from a tree), only rarely as weapons. Edge-ground axes have been found in deposits dating to around 30-40,000 BP but most are less than 10,000 years old. This example was collected from a surface scatter at the Leichhardt River, near Mt. Isa, by John Mathew, a surveyor for a mining company.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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S924.1

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