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Projectile Points

Author(s): Jim Browne

Year: 1940

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J. Whittaker: Size of points is not a good marker for dating "pre-bow" - Pt 87 mm long, 37 wide on arrow still shoots many "too large" pts actually ok for bow and arrow.

Experiments with self bow and Basketmaker type atlatl: "Any close degree of accuracy is impossible with atlatl and spear." (uses overhead sweep, full extension) 6 mo practice "can't hit buffalo 1 out of 10 at 30 yards." Bow much more accurate. Dart greater penetration than arrow with same pt. Maximum atlatl throw 81 yards. [I wonder why his accuracy was so poor with atlatl?]

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Projectile Points. Jim Browne. American Antiquity. 5 (3): 209-213. 1940 ( tDAR id: 423323)


Atlatl bow & arrow Hunting Weapon

Geographic Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Mesolithic Neolithic Palaeolithic

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

Record Identifiers

ExArc Id(s): 10134


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America