This sandstone grinding stone blank is from southwestern Queensland. It was collected during a collaborative research project between archaeologists and Traditional Owners to better understand the deep history of the Mithaka People.
Artefact on loan to Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, University New England, catalogue name ML23.
See the annotations for technological details about this stone tool.
This small sandstone grinding stone blank was made entirely by hammer dressing, or ‘pecking’. Fine pits from the pecking process are interspersed with deeper pits which appear to small natural solution cavities in the sandstone. This blank shows no sign of use, and is relatively small for the type. Extensive grinding stone quarries occur on Mithaka country, with deep pits from mining the sandstone slabs and stacks of manufactured but unused stones ready for the trade networks.
Grinding stones were critical tools for subsisting in the arid zone of Australia during the Holocene period. Aboriginal people used them to grind native grass seeds into flour. Grinding stones were often made at quarries associated with sacred storylines, and the stones were extensively traded throughout the arid zone.