Analysis and Contextualisation of a Holocene Bone Point from Murrawong (Glen Lossie), Lower Murray Gorge, South Australia

Chris Wilson, Amy Roberts, Michelle Langley, Lynley Wallis, Roger Luebbers, Craig Westell, Catherine Morton, Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation

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Abstract

This article presents the analysis and preliminary contextualisation of a bone point located during the Lower Murray Archaeological Project excavations in South Australia in 2008. The artefact was recovered from a midden and burial site, Murrawong (Glen Lossie), and was situated in a layer dating to 5303–3875 cal BP. The artefact was the only bone point recovered during the project and is interpreted as an implement likely to have been used for piercing soft materials or possibly as a projectile point. Its chronology and morphology are generally consistent with previous finds in this region. The analysis presented here contributes to our understanding of bone technology in the Lower Murray River Gorge, highlighting areas where more research is required.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Early online date16 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Holocene
  • Murrawong (Glen Lossie)
  • Murray River
  • Ngarrindjeri
  • Osseous points

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