Title

Description of grinding patches found on granite bedrock near Cue, in central Western Australia, and a discussion of their significance

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Royal Society of Western Australia Inc.

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

4075

Comments

This article was originally published as: Webb, R. E. (2007). Description of grinding patches found on granite bedrock near Cue, in central Western Australia, and a discussion of their significance. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 90(3), 115-25. Original article available here

Abstract

Patches of exposed granite bedrock around Cue, in central Western Australia, that have been smoothed by being used for grinding are described and compared with portable grindstones recorded in the same region. Patches had rarely been reported from this area before, although they have long been recognised in the Pilbara. The extension into the southern half of Western Australia of a type of evidence for past human behaviour rarely identified there is significant. Two much- debated questions are also considered, but left unresolved due to insufficient data: whether there is a morphological difference between grindstones used to wet mill grass seeds and those used for dry grinding hard seeds and whether the juxtaposition of grinding, generally considered to have been women’s work, with rock carvings, usually assumed to have been made by men, is socio-culturally significant.