Point

Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Quartz unifacial point. Triangular in cross-section, slight bulb of percussion on ventral surface. Some evidence for usewear/retouch along lateral margins.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander point - unifacial
Measurements
L34.7 x W14.4
Media/Materials description
white quartz
History and use
Points served many functions. Applied to the ends of spears they were used as weapons, but when held in the hand and not hafted they could be used as drills, Knives, piercers, and engraving tools. It can be difficult to ascertain the specific use of a point without detailed analysis under a microscope or residue analysis testing. Sometimes resin stains can be seen on the proximal end of the point, thus inferring hafting of some sort. This example was collected from a surface scatter in Mt. Isa, Queensland, by John Mathew, a surveyor for a mining company.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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Registration number
S925.7

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