Diorite (greenstone) axe
Stone tools such as this diorite (greenstone) axe were used for a variety of different tasks. They were also important items of trade.
This is an unhafted hand axe. It has a large flake scar on the dorsal side and use wear is evident. The anterior edge has possibly been used for hammering. Tim Chatfield (Djab Wurrung) talks about it further in the video Sharing the Collection.
The Dunkeld & District Historical Museum and members of the local Aboriginal communities have worked together to research and register the Dunkeld Aboriginal Object Collection. The partnership has improved interpretation and presentation of Aboriginal perspectives of the district’s cultural heritage; ensured that Dunkeld Museum meets its legal obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006; and improved access to the collection for Aboriginal people and the general community.
Tim Chatfield handling the diorite (greenstone) axe.
Still from video
Sista Girl Productions