Abstract

Amongst molluscan shell from the Emily Bay site were 40 specimens of fragmented bivalves, especially of Gari livida, which were examined for evidence of their use as artefacts. Experiments using modern specimens of the same taxa showed that it was impossible to define deliberate breakage sufficiently clearly to define shell tools on that criterion. Analysis of usewear by microscopic inspection of edges was the main discriminant adopted. In addition vegetable residues were identified on several edges. These means identified 19 pieces as tools, which had been used mainly for scraping soft materials. Two other tools were identified by morphology. A small assemblage of bone and marine ivory artefacts was also recovered from Emily Bay. Most were pieces of fishing gear.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Schmidt et al., 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 67–74
Author
Lyn Schmidt; Atholl Anderson; Richard Fullagar
Year
2001
Title
Shell and bone artefacts from the Emily Bay settlement site, Norfolk Island
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
27
Start Page
67
End Page
74
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1340
Language
English
Date Published
28 November 2001
Cover Date
28 November 2001
ISBN
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; NORFOLK ISLAND; MOLLUSCA
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28 November 2001
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28 November 2001
Reference Number
1340
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