An experimental study of projectile fracture patterns

Author(s): Gene L Titmus; James C Woods

Year: 1986


J. Whittaker: [Note individual variation: L vs R patterns]

Use vs manufacture breakage of Elko corner-notched forms. Manufacture: perverse [and bending] breaks, mostly barb or stem in notching. Effects of hafting. [Not enough statistical treatment.] Surprisingly long survival of some points in use, but 70% damaged by 1 throw, average 2.1 throws. Bending fracture most common, especially at neck, espec in yielding material. Crushing - mostly distal and marginal [includes impact flutes] and hard materials. Shearing [burination] espec on barbs and in somewhat yielding material eg wood.

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An experimental study of projectile fracture patterns. Gene L Titmus, James C Woods. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. 8 (1): 37-49. 1986 ( tDAR id: 414210)

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Atlatl bow & arrow stone Tools

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Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.