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Notes on the hunting sticks (lughkana), spears (perenna), and baskets (tughbrana) of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

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posted on 2023-11-22, 10:06 authored by Fritz Noetling
In the papers previously published in the Society's journal I have conclusively proved, and it can now be considered as an established fact, that the stone relics of the Aborigines represent implements only, and not weapons.
This is a fact of the greatest importance, and its significance will only be fully realised when we apply it to the study of archaeolithic man in Europe.
The Aborigines had undoubtedly discovered that these flakes were excellent cutting implements, as they have generally a fine edge, and often enough terminated in a sharp point, however, it is impossible to understand why the Aborigines did not fix a suitable flake to a piece of wood, thus producing a weapon far superior to the primitive wooden spear.
If we knew for certain which of the Archaeolithic industries, from the Fagnian to the Mesvinian, used the hunting stick only, and which used the wooden spear besides it, a great stride in our knowledge of the development of the human race would have been made.
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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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64-106

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0080-4703

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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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