Ochre, flint and violence: an Aboriginal history of the Ma:ko region (Overland Corner)

Amy Roberts, Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Craig Westell, River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation

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This paper examines the Aboriginal history of the Ma:ko region (Overland Corner). Our exploration of the region includes a consideration of the archaeological record via fieldwork undertaken with traditional owners, an ethnohistorical investigation of the area’s traditional significance as well as a consideration of the effects of European invasion and settlement. Together the records reveal the Ma:ko region to be a highly significant node in the Riverland’s cultural landscape. The Ma:ko region’s cultural significance (inclusive of its ochre and chert/silcrete resources) likely contributed to the area becoming a site of ongoing cross-cultural conflict in the colonial period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-340
Number of pages22
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Issue number2
Early online date19 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Ochre
  • River Murray
  • colonialism
  • flint/chert
  • frontier conflict
  • quarry


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