Polisher

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Registration number
1818
Item name
Polisher 
Category
Grinding
Manufacture
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Eastern region > Giligulgul
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1948 
Acquisition method
by J. M. Clift 
Raw material
Quartzite
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Split pebble. Giligulgul stone. Cortex outer surface [Archaeological Collection Catalogue Card].

Research notes

"Found with this flat face in the paddocks. Was it Aboriginal workmanship?" [catalogue card note, J. Clift, Donor].

"The Morella is a specialised type of polishing stone known chiefly from the Darling Downs of Queensland, but also from the coast of NSW. It is a small pebble from 1-2 inches long, split from end to end across the section. This cleavage surface was used for polishing and on the specimens known had a strikingly flat, smooth face"
[See F.D. McCarthy 1967, Australian Aboriginal Stone Implements, Government Printer NSW p. 58].

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