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Ref ID: 33832
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Gould, Richard A.
Koster, Dorothy A.
Sontz, Ann H.
Title: The lithic assemblage of the western desert Aborigines of Australia
Date: 1971
Source: American Antiquity
Abstract: Statistical and microscopic studies of ethnographic Australian Aboriginal stone tools reveal patterns which correlate significantly with the known uses, techniques of manufacture, and native classification of these tools. Statistically, the most significant correlation occurs between the angle of the working edge of the tool and the classification and function of the tool. Steep-edge flakes are classified as purpunpa and serve as woodcutting scrapers, while flakes with acute edge-angles are classed as tijimari and are used as knives for cutting skin an tendons. Microscopic study has further revealed that woodcutting scrapers and Quina-type scrapers of Bordes' Quina-Ferrassie facies of the Mousterian in order to suggest the value of comparing ethnographically known tools with archaeological specimens.
Date Created: 6/19/2002
Volume: 36
Number: 2
Page Start: 149
Page End: 169