A report on a tektite (australite) artefact from Calperum Station in the western central River Murray region, South Australia

Amy Roberts, Catherine Morton, Craig Westell, Heather Burke, Mick Morrison

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Abstract

This paper reports on the recent discovery of a flaked Australian tektite (australite) artefact at Calperum Station in the western central River Murray region, South Australia. Reports of provenanced and well-contextualised australite artefacts in Australia are rare and the find reported here is the first known example on the station and its surrounds. As such, this flaked australite allows us to enhance our understanding of the distribution, size, manufacture and use of this natural glass by Aboriginal people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Volume86
Issue number1
Early online date1 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • australite
  • flaked natural glass
  • Murray River
  • Norman Tindale
  • South Australia
  • Tektite

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