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Experimental archery: projectile velocities and comparison of bow performances

TitleExperimental archery: projectile velocities and comparison of bow performances
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsBERGMAN, C. A., E. McEWEN, and R. L. MILLER
JournalAntiquity
Volume62
Issue237
Pages658-670
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedCambridge
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0959-7743
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Bow developed end of Upper Palaeolithic, earliest examples are Mesolithic, earliest composite bows 3rd millennium BC in Asia. Experimental bow comparisons should use correct reproductions of old bows and arrows proper to each bow. Velocity is used as measure of comparison.
Arrow velocities achieved were 30-60 mps from a variety of self and composite bows. Compared to 195 gm, 152 cm dart thrown with replica Basketmaker atlatl at 23 mps.