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Stone Tool Workshops

Everick Foundation has facilitated a series of stone tool workshops for Aboriginal groups across Queensland, presented by Professor Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland School of Social Science.

The workshops cover:

  • stone tool types and identification;

  • raw material types and identification; and

  • a practical experimental archaeology knapping session where participants attempt to create their own stone tools to better understand the production process.

The information and practical skills presented in the workshops help Traditional Owners in their cultural responsibility to care for country, allowing them to accurately identify cultural heritage and protect their history. The workshop can be particularly useful to new Cultural Heritage Field Officers to build skills in artefact identification.

Everick Foundation has facilitated workshops for:

  • The Wulli Wulli Nation Aboriginal Corporation

  • The Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation

  • The Iman People

  • The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation

If you would like to host a similar stone tool workshop, or for more information, please contact Dr Serena Love, Everick Foundation Principal Research Archaeologist (s.love@everick.net.au).

Workshops can be facilitated at the University of Queensland’s world class archaeology laboratory space or Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (ATARC). Alternatively, it is possible to arrange workshops on Country throughout Queensland.

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Professor Chris Clarkson

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Professor Clarkson completed his undergraduate and Honours degrees in archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (now the School of Social Science) at the University of Queensland in 1995. In 2004 he received my PhD in the School of Anthropology and Archaeology at the Australian National University on the topic of long-term technological change in Wardaman Country, Northern Territory. He then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Professor Clarkson returned to the School of Social Science to begin a second Postdoctoral Fellowship looking at Palaeolithic core technologies between Africa and Australia. 

Professor Clarkson is now a Professor in the School of Social Science teaching introductory archaeology, ancient technologies and Australian archaeology. His most notable current research projects include the Madjedbebe rock shelter excavations in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, which have potential pushed back the date of human occupation in Australia to 65,000 years ago.