Spade

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Registration number
7370
Item name
Spade 
Category
Digging
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Kiriwina Goodenough District > Losula, Trobriand Islands
Map
Collector
Mr W. F. Frederick 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1960 
Acquisition method
by Professor Wilkinson  
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Old Catalogue Card: Its greatest width is 4 1/2 inches. It has what appears to be a handle 2 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches broad. Its greatest thickness is 3/4 of an inch and the cutting edge is 4 1/2 inches, but its edges are chipped.

Research notes

Old Catalogue Card: Mr Frederick stated that it was dug up in the Trobriands and that no one seemed to be able to state what it had been used for. It was unearthed on an ancient village site called Losula, 31 years ago. Exhibited in museum display no 1. Illustrated on front cover of Occasional Papers in Anthropology No 1, 1973. When it was reclassified from stone implement to spade, the number 7370A was unnecessarily generated.

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