Abstract

This paper records and discusses the cultural context of three dated items from the North Coast of New South Wales. All were recovered by chance from waterlogged deposits during dredging or farming activities not found during systematic archaeological investigations. They include one boomerang from the Clarence River at Grafton, and a boomerang and one point from a multi-pronged fishing spear found in swamp deposits at Collombatti on the Lower Macleay north of Kempsey.

Aboriginal technologies as recorded in the immediate contact period depended to a considerable extent on organic raw materials. Many major items in the "extractive tool kit" of hunting weapons as well as basic tools and utensils were made of wood and bark fibres, and so are unlikely to survive in archaeological deposits, even of relatively recent age....

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
McBryde, 1978, Rec. Aust. Mus. 31(16): 660–671
Author
Isabel McBryde
Year
1978
Title
Some wooden artefacts from the north coast of NSW: new archeological and ethnographic data
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
31
Issue
16
Start Page
660
End Page
671
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1978.207
Language
English
Plates
published 31 October 1978, not September 1977
Date Published
31 October 1978
Cover Date
30 September 1977
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN
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24 December 2008
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
207
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