My fossils

Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Fossil

I found these on my place many years ago and have featured them in previous posts. On the left is a hand axe and on the right hand side, the sharpening stone and the axe showing the edge. My place was part of a walking track used by First Nations people moving across the landscape from the Clarence River towards the Mann River.

The hand axe fits so well into my hand it is amazing. The edge is quite sharp for a stone implement. I can well imagine that the person who owned these tools was very upset to find that they had been lost.

The axe is sharpened by using the other stone to chip of bits of the edge. The sharpening stone is also rounded and smooth where it fits into my hand quite easily too.

I am quite proud to be the custodian of these tools for the time being.

Lost by someone, found by me

Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Found

One day walking around my property I found a stone axe. A while later I found the sharpening stone. I bet the First Nations man or woman who dropped these from their dilly bags must have been so upset.

When I picked the stone axe up, I was so surprised that it fitted so well into my hand.

You can see where the axe was used to chip off pieces of rock to make the axe and perhaps flints to start fires.

Here are the other sides. The roundness of the axe fitted so well into the palm of my hand.

Old tools

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Over One Hundred Years Old

I found these old stone tools on my place a few years ago. I bet the bloke who lost them was quite annoyed. My place is part of a very large property that was settled by white fellas over one hundred years ago and has been subdivided over the years
The underside of the stone axe and the chipping rock.170519_traces of the past_stone axe_tool1
This stone is used to sharpen the stone axe170519_traces of the past_stone tool
The stone axe. The most amazing thing is the axe fits snugly into my hand.170519_traces of the past_stone axe


Frank has set the photo challenge of Stones. I know I have posted these before but they are stones that represent a part of the history of Australia. Many years ago, the Indigenous people of the land, that I now call my place, used to trek through this land. They may have been following the seasons. Walking from the Mann River to the Clarence River to perhaps trade with the other peoples from the other parts of the Clarence Valley. Someone took the time to fashion a hand axe from the stones that I still find here. This stone axe fits perfectly in my hand and I would be able to use it today. The edge is very sharp.
170519_traces of the past_stone axe

This stone is the one that would have been used to chip off the edge of the axe. Again a tool that fits very comfortably in my hand.
170519_traces of the past_stone tool

Here is both together where you can see the edge of the axe
170519_traces of the past_stone axe_tool2

Thanks for reading my Stones. The Indigenous culture is thousands of years old. I have no idea how old these tools are. European settlement in my area has been over 100 years. I am privileged to hold these tools knowing I have the past history living in my home. Thank you Frank for allowing me to tell the story.