Abstract

In this paper is described a series of stone artefacts which either possess unusual features or are new forms. They have been acquired from time to time by the Australian Museum. (1). E.25986. South Wambo, near Bulga, Hunter Valley, New South Wales (Plate xvii, fig. 7). This remarkable stone club was found by Mr. A. N. Eather on an old ramp-site. It is made of a hard, fine-grained granular rock, and its surface is weathered. It is a natural club-shaped stone that has been ground at each end, on both facets, to a bladed or spatulate shape. The broad head, which is 9 cm. wide and 2.5 cm. thick, is rounded on the edges, but has a sharp-edged and rounded end 1.5 cm. wide. The handle tapers from a rectangular cross-section 7 cm. wide at the top, to a sharp-edged blade at the grip end. In shape it resembles bladed wooden clubs, with straight or curved handles, from this area, and it was no doubt utilized by the aborigines for this reason. It is 56 cm. long, and weighs 3 lb. 8 oz.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
McCarthy, 1944, Rec. Aust. Mus. 21(5): 264–266
Author
Frederick D. McCarthy
Year
1944
Title
Some unusual stone artefacts from Australia and New Guinea
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
21
Issue
5
Start Page
264
End Page
266
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.21.1944.541
Language
English
Plates
plates xvi–xvii
Date Published
22 June 1944
Cover Date
22 June 1944
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; NEW GUINEA
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03 September 2009
Reference Number
541
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