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Kulin Greenstone Quarries: The Social Contexts of Production and Distribution for the Mt William Site

Isabel McBryde
World Archaeology
Vol. 16, No. 2, Mines and Quarries (Oct., 1984), pp. 267-285
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/124577
Page Count: 19
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Kulin Greenstone Quarries: The Social Contexts of Production and Distribution for the Mt William Site
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Abstract

This paper considers aspects of the distribution of greenstone artefacts from quarries in south-eastern Australia, particularly that at Mt William. It explores the social contexts of production and of distribution by considering the archaeological evidence against that provided by ethnography, linguistics and ethnohistory. Testing for correlations between features of the artefact distributions and of other aspects of culture for the Kulin tribes of south-east Australia allows a case to be made for the social determination of many of these features, and that the distribution arrays may be effective reflectors of aspects of group relationships.

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