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Fact sheet: Aboriginal grinding stones Aboriginal Victoria

Grinding stones are unmistakable Aboriginal artefacts, and many have been collected as souvenirs. Flat stones have even been used for dry stone walls, paths and house foundations. Once the stones are moved, important information about them is lost. Aboriginal Victoria records the location, dimensions and condition of Aboriginal grinding stones. The aim is to have a permanent written and

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Grindstones - The Australian Museum

Fragments of grinding stones dating back 30,000 years to late in the Pleistocene Epoch have been found at the archaeological site at Cuddie Springs in western NSW. Large grinding stones such as this one were designed to be left at a camp site for use the next time the group moved there. Smaller grinding stones were carried between sites. Grinding stones were not abandoned when they

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Aboriginal Culture

Upper and lower grinding stones made from basalt, used to grind vegetable, nut and seed foods. Cedar Creek, north Queensland, circa 1912. In this region, grindstones about 60cm long and 30 cm wide were kept in every hut. When people moved camp, they left behind the heavy lower stone, but took the top stone with them. After a season, they would return to the area and use the same lower stone again.

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves Aboriginal ...

Aboriginal people used axe-grinding grooves to finish partly made axes (known as ‘axe blanks’) or sharpen axes that were worn or chipped. Axe blanks are pieces of stone that Aboriginal people chipped into a basic axe shape at stone quarries and sharpened by rubbing the edges over sandstone.

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal quarries Aboriginal Victoria

Aboriginal quarries are generally found on slopes where erosion has exposed the stone, for example, the slopes above creeks and rivers, on the sides of old volcanoes and on ridges. How did Aboriginal people quarry stone? Aboriginal people used at least two methods of stone quarrying. One method was to strike the surface of the outcrop at an angle with a hammerstone. Manageable pieces of stone

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal ground-edge axes Aboriginal Victoria

Grinding was usually done on sandstone outcrops, often leaving deep grooves. Sometimes the whole axe was ground to a smooth glossy finish. Aboriginal people often used natural resin and plant fibre or kangaroo sinew to attach the axe to a short wooden handle. Ground-edge axes with wooden handles.

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A small window into aboriginal stone tools used around ...

Aboriginal stone tools 8 Axe grinding grooves in a rock at Pretty Beach. Photo - Gabrielle Chan for the Guardian newspaper. (Adapted from a 2014 article by Gabrielle Chan for the Guardian newspaper.) The aboriginal midden at Murramarang Point near Bawley Point dates back to the Pleistocene period (about 10,000 years ago). We can speculate about what life was like for the local aborigines before the

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal flaked stone tools Aboriginal ...

These include quartzite, chert, flint, silcrete and quartz. Aboriginal people quarried such stone from outcrops of bedrock, or collected it as pebbles from stream beds and beaches. Many flaked stone artefacts found on Aboriginal places are made from stone types that do not occur naturally in the area. This means they must have been carried long distances.

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13 Indigenous innovations that are truly amazing

06/10/2017  Aboriginal Grinding Stones are the mortar and pestle of the Aboriginal people. The grinding stones are slabs of stone that the indigenous population used to grind and crush different materials. Usually found in places where Aboriginal people lived, the grinding stones are used mainly for processing different kinds of ingredients for cooking.

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Grinding stone - The Aboriginal Object Collection at ...

In the video Sharing a Collection David Lovett (Gunditj Mirring) explains how this grinding stone has multiple uses: one side to grind seeds and make flour, the other to make fire. This type of grinding stone is known as a doughnut grinding slab. The Dunkeld District Historical Museum and members of the local Aboriginal communities have worked ...

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves

Axe blanks are pieces of stone that Aboriginal people chipped into a basic axe shape at stone quarries and sharpened by rubbing the edges over sandstone. This rubbing action left grooves in the outcrop surface. Aboriginal people often sprinkled water on the sandstone to make it more abrasive and to reduce dust. This is why the grooves are usually found on outcrops close to water.

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13 Indigenous innovations that are truly amazing

06/10/2017  Aboriginal Grinding Stones are the mortar and pestle of the Aboriginal people. The grinding stones are slabs of stone that the indigenous population used to grind and crush different materials. Usually found in places where Aboriginal people lived, the grinding stones are used mainly for processing different kinds of ingredients for cooking. However, grinding stones are also used for crushing different

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Fact sheet: Aboriginal flaked stone tools Aboriginal ...

These include quartzite, chert, flint, silcrete and quartz. Aboriginal people quarried such stone from outcrops of bedrock, or collected it as pebbles from stream beds and beaches. Many flaked stone artefacts found on Aboriginal places are made from stone types that do not occur naturally in the area. This means they must have been carried long distances.

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Theodore Grinding Grooves - Canberra Tracks

Theodore Grinding Grooves. The Theodore Aboriginal artefact grinding grooves demonstrate an important aspect of past Aboriginal lifestyles and technologies. Here local elder Wally Bell explains the significance of the site and unveils a sign to educate the public. The site has exposed sandstone rock with grooves and scattered stone artefacts. There are two shapes of grooves here at Theodore. The

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Aboriginal sites are an important part of the heritage of ...

22/08/2018  “This is the only known place where a complete assemblage of ceremonial grinding stones have been left undisturbed on Swan River Country. It is part of a wider sacred site complex that includes Susannah Brook (ID 640), the Ancestral Owl Stone (ID 26057), Herne Hill Ochre (ID 3433), Susannah Brook Waugal Stone (ID 3656), Gidgegannup Petroglyph (ID 21077), Gidgegannup Petroglyph 2 (ID

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Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in ...

19/07/2017  The grinding stones from the site indicate a range of fruits, seeds, animals and other plants were ground up for food. These are the oldest known examples of seed-grinding stones

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Aboriginal Culture

Smoothing stones. Coarse stones and rock surfaces were used like sandpaper to polish the surfaces of wooden items. Using an upper grinding stone to smooth a boomerang. Lake Eyre district, 1920s. Photograph from Savage Life in Central Australia, Second Edition 2009. Aboriginal men sharpening stone axes on flat rock.

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Jalala Dreaming - Marking Stones Dreamtime Story

The point of the Jalala marking stones was to signify the marked boundaries between traditional lands. Jack Dale says: “The Jalala (Djalala) are markers from the Dreamtime. They are marking stones that divide our land from other people’s land. Ngarinyin country is to the east and Bunuba country to the south, and Unggumi country to the west. People have to stick to their boundaries. If you don’t know

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History of Indigenous Australians - Wikipedia

Aboriginal grinding stones – a pestle and mortar –, vital in making flours for bush bread. Aboriginal women were expert at making bread from a variety of seasonal grains and nuts. Aboriginal Australians were limited to the range of foods occurring naturally in their area, but they knew exactly when, where and how to find everything edible. Anthropologists and nutrition experts who have ...

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Aboriginal grinding stone, with depressions caused by ...

Download this stock image: Aboriginal grinding stone, with depressions caused by grinding seeds and ochre. Innamincka Regional Reserve, South Australia - WBA0W8 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

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Grinding Stones - Australian National University

The grinding stone is the largest stone implement in the Aboriginal stone tool kit. The grinding stone above is at least 60cm by 30cm, and the top stones are approximately 10-15cms in diameter. It is made from a quarried slab of sandstone, but they can also be made from largish flat pebbles. The two top stones are also made from a particular type of sandstone. Often grinding stones are oval in ...

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Aboriginal grinding stone (mortar)

This grinding stone (mortar) was used by Aboriginal people to grind or crush different materials such as berries and seeds for food production. In order to grind material, a smaller upper stone (the pestle) would have been used to grind material against this lower stone (the mortar).

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#37 Sandstone Grinding Stone - Aboriginal Stone Tools ...

05/01/2014  This video looks at a site that is not listed on the AHIMS or on department of environment and heritage website. These sandstone mullers are highly weathered...

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Theodore Grinding Grooves - Canberra Tracks

Theodore Grinding Grooves. The Theodore Aboriginal artefact grinding grooves demonstrate an important aspect of past Aboriginal lifestyles and technologies. Here local elder Wally Bell explains the significance of the site and unveils a sign to educate the public. The site has exposed sandstone rock with grooves and scattered stone artefacts. There are two shapes of grooves here at Theodore. The

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Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture. STONE TOOLS AND ARTEFACTS - 2. Scrapers of various shapes and sizes, used to plane (smooth) wood when making boomerangs, shields and other wooden items. These ranged in size from large horsehoof cores the size of one’s hand, to small thumb-nail scrapers the size of one’s fingernail. Small scrapers were attached with hard resin ...

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Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in ...

19/07/2017  The grinding stones from the site indicate a range of fruits, seeds, animals and other plants were ground up for food. These are the oldest known examples of seed-grinding stones found in ...

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Aboriginal inventions: 10 enduring innovations ...

12/03/2015  Aboriginal stone tools were highly sophisticated in their range and uses. Stone and natural glass were fashioned into chisels, saws, knifes, axes and spearheads. Stone tools were used for hunting, carrying food, for making ochre, nets, clothing, baskets and more. Aboriginal people are thought to be one of the first to use stone tools to grind seeds, and the first to create ground edges on stone tools.

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35,000-year-old stone axe found in Australia - Australian ...

08/11/2010  In May 2010 an archaeological dig uncovered the artefact in Jawoyn Aboriginal country of south-western Arnhem Land. A ... The process of grinding to sharpen stone tools is one of the signature developments of modern humans and it only appeared in Africa and Europe 8,500-10,000 years ago (prior to this axes were sharpened by flaking instead of grinding). Until now it was thought this

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History of Indigenous Australians - Wikipedia

Aboriginal grinding stones – a pestle and mortar –, vital in making flours for bush bread. Aboriginal women were expert at making bread from a variety of seasonal grains and nuts. Aboriginal Australians were limited to the range of foods occurring naturally in their area, but they knew exactly when, where and how to find everything edible. Anthropologists and nutrition experts who have ...

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