Abstract

A ground stone hatchet head was found in the excavation of the Sirius which was wrecked off Norfolk Island in 1790. This paper explores the problems of establishing its ultimate origins, its cultural context and its historical significance. Historical, formal and petrological studies suggest a source for the raw material in the cobble beds of the Nepean River, New South Wales, and the inclusion of the hatchet head in a collection of curiosities of an officer on the Sirius.

 
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Short Form
McBryde and Watchman, 1993, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 17: 129–143
Author
Isabel McBryde; A. Watchman
Year
1993
Title
Lost in the Sirius?—Consideration of the provenance of the hatchet head recovered from the Sirius wreck site, Norfolk Island. In F.D. McCarthy, Commemorative Papers (Archaeology, Anthropology, Rock Art), ed. Jim Specht
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
17
Start Page
129
End Page
143
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.17.1993.65
Language
English
Date Published
27 May 1993
Cover Date
27 May 1993
ISBN
ISBN 0-7310-0280-6
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS; ETHNOGRAPHY; AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
Digitized
16 June 2009
Reference Number
65
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