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The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts – knapping session

In the opening class of ARCH8517 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts, we were fortunate enough to have Eirik Thorsgaard, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon, and a PhD student at Flinders, demonstrate the principles of knapping.  Everyone stood around (in goggles of course!), spellbound as Eirik reduced cores into bifaces and other retouched artefact types.

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Flinders graduate students in Chile

Our intrepid Technical Officer Louise Holt sends these pictures from the Chile Field School.  She reports that the food is good, and the Chilean wine is great.

Archaeology of Australian Stone Tools – end of year test

On Monday 26th August, students in ARCH8517 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Tools completed their practical test.  The test involved identifying specific features on flaked stone tools, as well as recording 17 different attributes on a number of artefacts.  After everyone had finished, we celebrated the end of semester with drinks and snacks.  Above:  Vicky Baylem and Rani Attwood concentrate on their artefacts, not at all put off by Dr Alice Gorman hovering around them with a camera.

“And the backed blade was THIS big!”.  Rita Kucera demonstrates to students (from left to right) Anastasia Tsimourtos, Karen Alexander, Robin Coles and Marie Butler.  Emma Young and Autumn Wright are in the background.