A New Type of Atlatl from a Cave Shelter on the Rio Grande near Shumla, Valverde County, Texas
J. Whittaker: Previous finds of notched arrows in atlatl-age deposits could be contemporaneity, or now explained by find of atlatl to cast them.
Ash wood fragment with distal groove and "wedge-shaped" hook to engage arrow nock, narrow, rigid, proximal end missing, decorative notches on bottom.
Cane arrow shaft 3/8" diam, end narrowed by sinew wrap, flared for nock, 3 feather traces.
Experimental atlatl with commercial arrows got similar range but less accuracy than bow.
[Hard to swallow - arrow engaged with hook with nock vertical - would the hook really hold for a throw? Can you actually throw something as short as an arrow with an atlatl? – I haven’t tried. Unscientific excavation - does the arrow really belong with the atlatl?]
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A New Type of Atlatl from a Cave Shelter on the Rio Grande near Shumla, Valverde County, Texas. Fletcher Gardner, George C Martin. Big Bend Basket Maker Papers. San Antonio, Texas: Witte Memorial Museum. 1933 ( tDAR id: 423360)
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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;
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