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A Butterfly Bannerstone as an Atlatl Weight

TitleA Butterfly Bannerstone as an Atlatl Weight
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1959
AuthorsPEETS, O. H.
JournalOhio Archaeologist
Volume9
Issue3
Pages83-87
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0048-153X
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Fragile but functional, his replica survives atlatl weight/hook use.
Possible evolution from hand, throw with finger on end of dart, use short "palm" atlatl like Santa Barbara which adds force but is hard to balance, to lengthened atlatl or weighted atlatl to balance spear.
[No description of how he used his bannerstone, but photos show he put it on extreme end of atlatl and used edge of butterfly wing as hook for dart.]
Recommends a "brake" in motion as dart leaves atlatl rather than follow through.
[No mention of flex, his atlatl seems rigid.]
"To attain accuracy I should have started 70 years ago" [He can't hit human-size target at 20-40 yards, so I would not judge experiment a success.]

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