A new report from a team of archaeologists in the United States has uncovered a surprising truth about wooden dolls that are a part of Australian folklore.
Key points:In the 1800s, a wooden doll in the town of Alderwood in the Southern Highlands was the property of a wealthy businessman who lived alone.
Since then, a series of small wooden dolls have been discovered in rural and rural-ish locations around Australia and the world, many in remote locations.
“This is the first time that we’ve seen this sort of an archaeological record in the Northern Territory,” Dr Paul Davenport, lead author of the study, told ABC News.
“It’s not only an interesting story, it’s a unique story in that it’s about something that was already here and it’s not just a story about someone living on the farm, it is about something more, something more important.”
Dr Davenpons team discovered a wooden dolls in the late 1800s at the town’s Alder Wood.
The discovery has prompted a local farmer to take a break from his wooden doll business and build a new home for himself and his family.
He is now selling the doll at an auction in Darwin.
“I’m so happy that I got a chance to share this with the world,” Dr Daveno-s said.
“And to help others to realise that they can also make their own history.”
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