This small metasedimentary blade is from near Brisbane in southeast Queensland. It was found in an undated context but is likely from the Late Holocene, after ca. 5000 BP.
This small blade is from southeast Queensland, Australia. Blades are elongated flakes, measuring at least twice as long as they are wide. This artefact is made from a black fine-grained metasedimentary stone. The platform is very small and the blade was expertly struck. Blades like this were often backed on one side, creating a ‘backed microlith’ for hafting onto a tool handle or spear tip, but this one is unmodified.
The artefact is part of the Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology teaching collection, University of New England.
See the annotations for technological details about this stone tool.