Ancient Aboriginal technology unearthed in rare bone discovery on Ngarrindjeri country

A rare glance into ancient Aboriginal technology has actually been discovered in the kind of a bone artefact on Ngarrindjeri country, along the Lower Murray river system in South Australia.

Found at Murrawong near Murray Bridge by Flinders University scientists, in cooperation with the Ngarrindjeri neighborhood, the bone is thought to have actually originated from a macropod, an animal from the marsupial household.

Radiocarbon dated to be in between 5,300 and 3,800 years of ages, the bone was found in among a midden website that was excavated in 2008, however has actually only simply been processed and taped.

It has actually been identified as a rare discover due to the fact that the last bone object exposed in the Lower Murray River Gorge was in the 1970s.

This bone point was discovered on Ngarrindjeri country and scientists state it sheds more light on conventional innovations.(

Supplied: Flinders University


Research leader and Ngarrindjeri male, Dr Christopher Wilson, stated the discover build on today understanding of conventional practices and possible usages for the bone tool.

“Even one find of this kind provides us with opportunities to understand the use of bone technologies in the region and how such artefacts were adapted to a riverine environment,” he stated.

Bone constructs ancient image

While this specific bone is broken on one end, it is thought it would have been utilized as a point for piercing soft products, such as working as the pin on a possum fur cape or possibly even as a projectile point.

Professor Amy Roberts, who was likewise included in the historical job, stated bone artefacts were a considerable discovery due to the fact that they had actually not been studied as much as ones constructed of stone or other products.

A group of people kneeling, sitting and standing around a sectioned off bit of land. The two kneeling are digging in the ground.
Bone artefacts are generally discovered in excavations, while stone artefacts and shell middens are most likely to be found on the surface area.(

Supplied: Flinders University


“We are still learning a lot and thinking about where they sit in the chronology of the past and if they more prevalent at different times,” she stated.

“It advises us the product of the culture of the previous and up to the present is truly crucial … and the [need to] look after Aboriginal heritage in this country.”

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