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Stone tool resources

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Henry Arthur Readford
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Having no rock index I have just added this here till something can be arranged.

This is a list of rocks that I have compiled from actual aboriginal studies on tool implements made of stone. I am not saying this list is complete. Sorry if any item listed twice under another name, not really a rock person.
Volcanic and Metamorphic Rocks

  • amphilbolite
  • andestic
  • basalt, common
  • blue metal
  • chalcedony
  • chert, common
  • darwin glass, Tasmania
  • diabase
  • dolerite, common
  • granite
  • greenstone, high trade item used for hatchets
  • mookite, SA only
  • mudstone , common
  • obsidan, Rare high trade and fine tooling
  • porphyry
  • quartz, common
  • quartzite,common
  • rhyolite, common
  • sandstone, used for grinding
  • silcrete, common
  • trachyte

Please any other info please add include known uses , regions any info that can help knappers locate some useful rock
 
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Also please note other rocks that don't have any importance to tool making were also used by aboriginals for shelter, cooking and fish traps just to name a few.
 
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