This axehead is shaped like an oval and is 150mm long, and 105mm
wide. It is also in the shape of a spoon, with one side being convex
and the other being concave. We suspect it to be a local rock and
was most likely formed in the Hodgkinson Basin, which includes the
This axehead is made from Rhyolite Lava, which is a silica rich,
thick, slow moving lava. The crystals that formed when the lava
cooled are very fine and interlocking which would make it a very good
material to use for an axehead as it is very strong in all directions but
very difficult and time consuming to make.
The edges are all evenly worn and there are a number of scratches on it
which means it was probably used fairly regularly. The angle made by
the edge of the axehead is approximately 44°.
It could possibly have been used as a scraping tool. and it felt quite
comfortable in the hand but to our surprise Nungbana chose to put a handle
on it. Our scientific analysis was incorrect and we are lucky we
could consult an elder to get things right.