Kaurna Stone Artefacts: Some Methods of Analysis

Tim Owen, Beth White, Jeffrey Newchurch

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This short guide on stone artefacts has been prepared for anyone who has an
interest in understanding and recording stone artefacts commonly found within
the Kaurna’s traditional lands.
The guide features artefacts recovered during the archaeological excavation of a Kaurna site in the Edinburgh Defence Precinct, Elizabeth, Adelaide, South
Australia. The artefacts in this site are made from the stone materials quartz,
quartzite and silcrete. =Most artefacts have been worked following a specific
technique—the bi-polar flaking method. This type of artefact is often difficult
to identify, and we hope this handbook provides a simple and usable guide
for confirming the characteristics of such artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherGML Heritage
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)978-0-9942372-2-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • stone artefacts
  • Kaurna land
  • archaeological excavation
  • bi-polar flaking method
  • quartzite
  • Silcrete


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