Rock of Ages. South Molle Island Quarry Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone through Space and Time: South Molle Island Quarry, Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone through Space and Time

Lara Lamb

Rock of Ages. South Molle Island Quarry Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone through Space and Time: South Molle Island Quarry, Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone  through Space and Time
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Rock of Ages. South Molle Island Quarry Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone through Space and Time: South Molle Island Quarry, Whitsunday Islands: Use and Distribution of Stone through Space and Time

Lara Lamb

This study provides evidence to suggest that the South Molle Island stone quarry in the Whitsunday Islands, central Queensland coast, has been used by the indigenous inhabitants of the region from at least 9,000 BP to the present. A comprehensive technological characterisation of the quarry demonstrates that a range of manufacturing behaviours was conducted on-site, from the initial extraction of the raw material, through to the final stages of artefact retouch. This research shows that the antiquity of backed artefacts and the timing of high production rates of backed artefacts occurs earlier in the Whitsunday region than elsewhere in southern Australia.

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