Good points! It will be interesting to follow this excavation.
I shall reconsider the museum collections in that light and raise it with curators. Very interesting.
> On 4 Nov 2015, at 11:51 am, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> On 11/3/15, Lynne Kelly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I work with museum collections and have never seen anything
> considered a cutting board nor ever heard of such a thing in
> discussion of Aboriginal tool kits. I can’t imagine why they would
> need one. I am married to an archaeologist who has also never heard of
> such a thing.
> Perhaps all cutting surfaces have been interpreted as art and hence
> why there is nothing recorded as such.
> There is an interesting phenomenon I have witnessed on a number of
> excavations which relates to unusual finds. Someone uncovers a find or
> feature to which there is no obvious explanation. Everyone huddles
> around trying to determine an answer. Then someone comes up with the
> notion that they have seen something vaguely similar many years ago
> and that might be what it is. This is then written down on the context
> sheet, or finds label, it ends up in the interim site report and it
> finally ends up in the published site report. Though there is
> absolutely no certainty that the interpretation is at all correct.
> There is loads of misinterpretation in archaeology often leading to
> errors in subsequent research especially in relationship with
> Hence why it is important to record and publish what you see as well
> as what you think you see!
Dr Lynne Kelly
Honorary Research Associate
La Trobe University | Bundoora VIC 3086 Australia
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