Hand Axe, axe blank
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hand axe
L118 x W119 x H48mm
History and use
Aboriginal axe heads were generally made from volcanic rock. They began as large flakes, river cobbles, or cores of stone, prepared into a useable shape usually by hammer dressing then one edge was sharpened, usually by grinding. Sometimes hatchets and axes were hafted into a wooden or cane handle so they could be used for chopping and cleaving wood and bark. The Kalkadoon people, traditional owners of a large region encompassing Mt Isa, excavated this prized rock from the many quarries in their country. They then formed the rock into partially finished and finished axes for trade. Axes from the Mt Isa region were traded south through the Lake Eyre region.