The Australian Yodda: A massive, mysterious, and pan-continental flaked stone oddity

Tim Maloney, Kim Akerman, Mervyn Street

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Abstract

The Yodda is a large flaked stone artefact found across Australia in rare, isolated contexts, subject to almost no archaeological study. Yoddas are rare artefacts, which to date have only been collected as isolated surface finds. In an attempt to move towards an understanding of these enigmatic objects, we present an analysis of Yoddas (n = 27) known to us from Australian collections, and review early collector observations from Australia. While their original cultural significance remains obscure, we suggest esoteric trade values are likely uses, underlying the production of these large, non-optimal, yet pan-continental, stone artefacts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Archaeology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Nov 2020

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