Conjoins and challenges: A rejoinder to Packard

23rd May 2014

Bernard M.J. Huchet


In a recent article Packard (1989) documented his reconstruction of a 47 piece conjoin. In bringing his report to an end, Packard posited two questions: ‘is this a record? and does anybody care?’. Regarding the first query, the answer is NO. If one takes the world as a basis for comparison, it becomes obvious that larger conjoins have been refitted. For instance, Van Noten (1982: Plate 14) reported a 102 piece conjoin recovered from Gombe, Central Africa. Within Australia, conjoins exceeding 47 pieces have also been refitted. For example, a knapped boulder collected by Stephen Sutton near Mount lsa and conjoined by myself (Sutton and Huchet 1988) comprises, as far as I can remember, a minimum of 85 pieces and very possibly 100 pieces or more. The exact number is beyond recall since counting the number of pieces did not matter to me.

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

Huchet, B.M.J.
Conjoins and challenges: A rejoinder to Packard
June 1991
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