Tula, remnants of cortex visible. Retouched on the distal margin.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tula
L35 mm x W55mm x H16mm
History and use
Tulas are flakes that were retouched or reshaped at one end and on the back, leaving a sharp semi-circular edge. These tools have a broad straight platform and a prominent bulb of percussion. Tulas were commonly hafted (fitted) onto a wooden handle and Aboriginal people used them to gouge, chisel and cut wooden artefacts. Tulas are found throughout western Queensland, Central Australia and parts of Western Australia. Tulas were constantly resharpened until they were completely worn down by use and then they were discarded. The discarded remnants are rectangular in shape, and are called tula slugs.