An Archer’s Notes

Author(s): Ron King

Year: 1989


J. Whittaker: Influence of Pope + Ishi on archery.

Point weights - archeols use 2g as dart/arrow distinction point, but Ishi and other ethnog bows around 45 lb draw, capable of “shooting through” deer, and modern hunting bows at 45lb also adequate, using points 110-150 grains = 7.1-9.7 grams, so need different explanations of bimodal point weight distrib.

Bow more versatile, less movement, more positions possible, more shots, less exposure than atlatl. Points don’t kill by impact shock but by bleeding, also leaves trail for hunter. So greater cutting surface of atlatl pt an advantage - greater damage. Atlatlist must be more selective about shots than archer, maybe earliest hunters with spears needed groups and drives, atlatlists smaller groups on trails, blinds and stands, and archers better as individual hunters.

Cite this Record

An Archer’s Notes. Ron King. Society for California Archaeology Newsletter. 24 (4): 8-9. 1989 ( tDAR id: 423426)

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bow & arrow Ethnoarchaeology Ishi

Geographic Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Newest Era

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): 10238


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