Now there’s at least a fourth site in the Strathbogie (township) district where land-owners have found Aboriginal stone tools, making five (commonly known) artifact sites all up in the Ranges.
This stone hatchet was found on a Tames Rd property some years ago. It was found lying on the surface of the ground at the head of a gully, but nothing else has been found nearby. It is about 110 mm long, flat-sided, beautifully polished and with a sharp edge. The rock material doesn’t appear to be as dark as Mt William Greenstone, but its a bit hard to tell from the surface colour and texture. On another part of the property the land-owners also found a collection of small, white quartz flakes. These are angular and many have sharp edges. They may well have come from nearby as there are known quartz occurrences in the Ranges – are they also sign of Aboriginal occupation of the local area?
From the scant information collected on this site in the past months, it seems that Aboriginal people used and occupied many different districts in the Ranges and I wouldn’t be surprised if more artifacts come to light. There is very little written about anything Aboriginal in history books about the Ranges proper, perhaps they’re only telling part of the story?
Are there any other stone tools lying about out there?
Previous posts about stone artifacts:
‘Acknowledgement of Traditional Land Owners’
‘In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land. We recognize indigenous people, their elders – past and present.’