Projectile Points

Author(s): Jim Browne

Year: 1940


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?]

Cite this Record

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

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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.