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Making a Stone Axe



I made this stone axe as part of the course BIOL350: Aboriginal Impact on Australian Ecosystems,
taught by Dr Jim Kohen at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. It is known as an edge-ground axe because
the stone axe head is ground to a sharp edge, rather than flaked (as would be done using flintknapping techniques).

When I was around 9 or 10 years old, I made a great many stone axes. However at the time I had no idea about construction
techniques other than what I thought up myself. The difficult part was how to haft, or attach, the stone axe head
onto the handle. I used some sort of string or rope to tie them together, or sometimes I used a vine found in the
garden as this was more “natural”, however they never held together very long. Tools attached to handles are known
as hafted, which means “attached to a handle”.

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