A progress report on research into stone artefacts of the southern Arcadia Valley, central Queensland

19th December 2012

Grant W.G. Cochrane, Phillip J. Habgood, Trudy Doelman, Andy I.R. Herries and John A. Webb

We report on progress made to date on a collaborative project which aims to shed light on various aspects of lithic technology in the southern Arcadia Valley, central Queensland. Analysis of >4000 stone artefacts indicates that silcrete was an important lithic resource locally. Initial results from portable x-ray fluorescence analysis of a sample of artefacts suggests that this technique may be capable of characterising geochemical signatures for different silcrete sources. Gloss analysis suggests that 20–45% of the silcrete artefacts were heated prior to manufacture. Further use of this method, in combination with archaeomagnetism, is expected to provide more precise information about this practice.

Cochrane, G.W.G., P.J. Habgood, T. Doelman, A.I.R. Herries and J.A. Webb
A progress report on research into stone artefacts of the southern Arcadia Valley, central Queensland
2012
75
104-109
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