Hammer dressed stone hatchets in the Lake Eyre Basin

Tibbett, Kevin (2003) Hammer dressed stone hatchets in the Lake Eyre Basin. Archaeology in Oceania, 38 (1). pp. 37-40.

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Examination of 137 edge ground stone hatchets from the Lake Eyre Basin suggested that as distance from the source increases the artefacts were more intensively reduced by hammer dressing. By reducing the thickness of the hatchet with hammer dressing an acute edge angle can be maintained as resharpening ingresses towards the original thicker centre of the hatchet. I hypothesise that hammer dressing is a curation practice to extend the use-life of hatchets.

Item ID: 13712
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4453
Keywords: Archaeology; Lake Eyre; stone tools
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Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 02:53
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210199 Archaeology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 100%
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