Hammerstone

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Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Hammerstone, ovoid-shaped rock with pecking evident along one margin. Traces of black residue on one face along with possible ochre. Small amount of polishing also evident.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hammerstone
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Measurements
L131 mm x W116 mm X H68 mm
Media/Materials description
Sandstone
History and use
Hammerstones are hand-held stones that were used to strike flakes for Aboriginal tools from blocks of stone (cores). Flaking requires considerable force so the edges of hammerstones are frequently damaged due to this impact. They are often very hard stone which is needed to withstand the many impacts against the core.
Registration number
QE26690

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