Samoan stone adze-making workshop begins

The ~Rock~Paper~Scissors stone adze-making workshop kicks off tomorrow in Apia, Samoa. Samoa and American Samoa have a rich natural and cultural heritage reflected in a range of pre-European contact arts and crafts that are both practical and aesthetic. Rock~Paper~Scissors aims to revive cultural memory and know-how by researching and documenting particular cultural products, and learning…

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Rekindling a Samoan stone adze

An international collaboration between the Tiapapata Art Centre, Puke Ariki, and the Museum of Stone Tools An aspiration of the Museum of Stone Tools is to work with overseas researchers and institutions to produce 3D models of stone tool types that we do not have access to at our home base in regional Australia.  One…

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Widi Stone Tool Workshop

The traditional country of the Widi People covers a quarter of a million hectares west of Mackay, Queensland.  Widi country includes open sclerophyll woodlands typical for this part of Australia, and large parts of it are covered in silcrete cobbles—a valuable toolmaking stone for the ancestors of the Widi.  The European colonisers discovered vast quantities…

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Anaiwan People are using 3D Models to Manage their Heritage

The traditional country of the Anaiwan People covers over three-quarters of a million hectares on the Northern Tablelands, in Australia’s New England region.  Anaiwan land is situated in the high-elevation region west of the Great Dividing Range, and includes a diverse range of sclerophyll forests and small high-elevation montane lakes, referred to locally as lagoons. …

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Launch of the Museum of Stone Tools

Museum of Stone Tools

Welcome to the Museum of Stone Tools! The Museum of Stone Tools is an outcome of the Covid 19 lockdown in Australia in 2020.  With fieldwork plans stymied,  I brainstormed how I could wait out the pandemic in a useful and engaged way.  An obvious option was to do something meaningful with the University of…

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