In this paper, I will introduce some basic information about Kayanic oral traditions regarding stone adzes
and suggest some avenues for possible future comparative study.
The lack of exhausted basalt cores and primary flakes indicates that basalt adzes
were being brought to the site in finished form.
We set it up so you have two kids on either side of a bow saw and you just go back and forth and cut to a certain depth and then once you've made a bunch of slices across the top you come back with and adze
or a blot ax and you clean them all off and big chips go flying and people are very excited.
The men buried with adzes
appear to have lived on food grown in areas of 'loess', the fertile and productive soil favoured by early farmers," said Prof Bentley.
Among the basalt bifacial tools of the Late Neolithic/Chalcolithic, the relative amounts of adzes
increased, as did the number of miniature bifacials, sometimes made of exotic raw materials (often called 'votive').
Now we need to look for Polynesian basalt adzes
The most commonly occurring formal artefacts in glass from the WA arid lands include tula adzes
and slugs, burren adzes
, steep-edged, concave and discoidal retouched/utilised flakes, geometric microliths, and engravers.
Classification of the Long Pahangai and Long Tuyoq stone adzes
Strontium isotope analysis of the skeletons, which provides indications of place of origin, indicated that men buried with distinctive Neolithic stone adzes
(tools used for smoothing or carving wood) had less varying isotope signatures than men buried without adzes
In Taumako there is archaeological evidence of contact and intrusion from both east and west at various times-stone adzes
from Samoa, obsidian from Vanuatu, the relatively late appearance of terebrid and mitrid adzes
, which spread through Micronesia and parts of Melanesia around 1000 years ago (Intoh 1999: 413-415), and other new items whose source is problematic (Leach and Davidson 2008: 320).
The men are making double-edged stone blades for adzes
, scythe-like tools with wooden handles that the Langda have traditionally used to clear land and to work wood.
Varied forms of provenance analysis have been used to study the movement of material commodities (especially adzes
and other stone objects), such as X-ray Fluorescence analysis (Bollt 2008; Kahn et al.