Conjoinder. A reconstructed obsidian core from the Talasea excavations

24th May 2014

Richard Fullagar

Introduction*

In a recent issue of AA Paul Packard (1989:67) posed two questions concerned with fitting together prehistoric flaked stone artefacts to reconstruct the original core. In response to the first question, I do not know if a 47 piece conjoin is even an Australian record. As for Paul Packard, my ignorance is partly because results have not been fully published (but see for example, Luebbers 1978:Plate 6.1, following page 221; Witter 1977; and papers presented by Hiscock to the Technological Analysis and Australian Archaeological Conference at the University of New England, 1988). In response to the second question (does anybody care?) I do know how brain numbing the exercise can be and I am sure Packard would agree that the number of bits that fit is less important than what it all means.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Fullagar, R.
Conjoinder. A reconstructed obsidian core from the Talasea excavations
June 1990
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79–80
Short Report
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