Rare emerald glass spearhead uncovered on Rottnest Island

A professor and a group of students have uncovered a spearhead, said to have been used 100 years ago for trade and hunting.
By AG Staff June 7, 2017 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

A PROFESSOR AND HIS students have discovered a rare glass spearhead during an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup).

It is believed that the spearhead would have been used for trade and exchange, providing new insights into Indigenous heritage.

Len Collard, a professor in the school of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia was visiting the Island with students to learn about the Indigenous history of the land, when a student caught glimpse of the emerald glass spearhead.

The professor explained that there is a possibility that the spearhead was used by Indigenous prisoners on Rottnest Island to hunt quokkas. 

“Imagine our excitement when we realised it was a rare glass spearhead that is at least 100 years old. It’s not every day that you uncover an artefact of this significance,” Len said.

“The student was surprised and delighted with the discovery which marks an exciting moment in history.”

Len said that over the past few years, individuals from the University of Western Australia had identified plenty of glass and ceramic spearheads across the Island.

“We have unearthed clear glass and ceramic spearheads before, but never a spectacular emerald green glass spearhead like this one,” he said.

The emerald spearhead was re-buried at Rottnest Island in line with Aboriginal traditions that require artefacts to be kept in their resting place.

“This discovery is important because it helps us learn about our heritage and remember our past, which is important for today and future generations,” Len added.