A spearthrower butt from Widgingarri, Western Kimberley, Western Australia

Michelle C. Langley, Rose Whitau, India Ella Dilkes-Hall, Moya Smith, Sue O’Connor

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Abstract

Despite the dominance of wood-based technologies in Australian Aboriginal techno-complexes, recovery of archaeological examples is exceedingly rare in the north of the continent where environmental conditions are most harsh for such archaeologically fragile items. Here we report the discovery of a 210 year old spearthrower butt made from bat-wing coral tree (Erythrina vespertilio) from the Worrorra site of Widgingarri 9 (western Kimberley).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

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Langley, Michelle C. ; Whitau, Rose ; Ella Dilkes-Hall, India ; Smith, Moya ; O’Connor, Sue. / A spearthrower butt from Widgingarri, Western Kimberley, Western Australia. In: Australian Archaeology. 2019 ; Vol. 85, No. 1. pp. 102-107.
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