Summary

This is a metal shovel nosed fighting spear.

Physical Description

A composite shovel nosed spear with a recessed butt. The head is made of a single piece of metal attached to a wooden shaft using vegetable fibre and painted with natural pigments.

Local Name

gayit/murrnginy/birrkilin

Significance

This spear is one of three shovel nosed spears made of metal recovered from a beche de mer smoke house abandoned by Japanese fishermen on Woodah Island. It is extremely rare to have evidence of where metal for these spears was sourced.

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