Kimberley points

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Kimberley points are a type of tool made by pressure flaking[1] discarded glass,[2] in an imitation of the use of obsidian in Neolithic tool manufacture. They are an example of adaptive reuse of Western technology by a non-western culture.

They are often used as an indicator that an archaeologic site is a post-contact Aboriginal site.[3] There is debate in archaeological literature about the use and significance of these points, with some claims that they were made for sale to tourists and as status items, and not as hunting tools.[4]


  1. ^ Elkin, A.P. (October 1948). "Pressure Flaking in the Northern Kimberley, Australia". Man 48: 110–113. JSTOR 2791788. 
  2. ^ Balfour, Henry (1903). "On the methods employed by the natives of NW Australia in the manufacture of glass spear heads". Man 3: 65. JSTOR 2839799. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Rodney (2002). "Australia's iron Age: Aboriginal post-contact metal artefacts from Old Lamboo Station, Southeast Kimberley, Western Australia" (PDF). Australasian Historical Archaeology (Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology) 20: 67–76. 
  4. ^ Powell, Eric A. (2008). "What's the Point?". Archaeology 61 (5). Retrieved 22 January 2011.