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The first archaeological evidence for death by spearing in Australia

  • Josephine J. McDonald (a1) (a2), Denise Donlon (a3), Judith H. Field (a1) (a4), Richard L.K. Fullagar (a5), Joan Brenner Coltrain (a6), Peter Mitchell (a7) and Mark Rawson (a1)...
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An Aboriginal man done to death on the dunes 4000 years ago was recently discovered during excavations beneath a bus shelter in Narrabeen on Sydney's northern beaches. The presence of backed microliths and the evidence for trauma in the bones showed that he had been killed with stone-tipped spears. Now we know how these backed points were used. A punishment ritual is implied by analogies with contact-period observations made in the eighteenth century AD.

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