This hafted chert flake is from Central Australia. The artefact dates to the recent past.
This chert flake tool is secured with string in a split-wood handle, and the tool is painted with red ochre. The chert flake was struck from the ventral surface of a larger flake. The flake is flat in profile and thin, with a long, exceptionally sharp cutting edge. The morphology of the flake is similar to tjimari (‘stone used for cutting’) of the Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara people of the Western Desert, although a tjimari was usually given a spinifex resin handle rather than a split-stick handle.
The artefact is curated by the UNE Museum of Antiquities.
See the annotations for technological details about this stone tool.