Perforated Stone Objects in the Oceania Collection of the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest

Attila Péntek*

* independent researcher. Email: attila.pentek@yahoo.com. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6321-7766


Cite as: Péntek, A. (2023). Perforated Stone Objects in the Oceania Collection of the Museum of Ethnography in
Budapest. Litikum – Journal of the Lithic Research Roundtable, 11, pp. 35–69. https://doi.org/10.23898/litikuma0036

Abstract: The author of this paper studied 59 perforated stone objects in the Oceania collection of the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest. The items stem from the former British and German New Guinea colonies. For most objects, detailed information on the exact place of origin is not available. Therefore, the aim of the present review could be nothing more than a more or less complete description of the objects and an approximate assessment based on the abundant ethnographic literature available on the territory of Papua New Guinea. Since the studied objects are primarily club heads made of stone, it is, therefore, necessary to clarify the technological issues related to the manufacturing of these stones, their typological classification, and their morphometric measurements. Explanatory comments of any kind by the author and the free translation of quotations in the German language are enclosed in brackets. Each artefact in the text will be referred to by its inventory number (inv. no.). In Fig. 1, a sketch map of Papua New Guinea with some of the locations mentioned in the text can be seen.

Keywords: British and German New Guinea, ground stone artefacts, stone-headed clubs, Museum of Ethnography in Budapest

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