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Experiments with the spear thrower

TitleExperiments with the spear thrower
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsMAU, C.
JournalThe New York State Archaeological Association Bulletin
Volume29
Issue1
Pages1-13
Place PublishedNew York
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Experiments with distance as criterion. Points of copper tube, 1/8 to 1 oz, darts lengths 2.5-5.5 ft, atlatls 12-30 inches long - 24" best.
Best distance (180-200' usual) with unfletched 36", 3/8" diam, wt 2.5 oz, pt 1 oz, balance ca. 31% from tip.
Fletched shaft allows use of lighter points, balance less important, reduced range.
Speculations on prehist point styles.
Bannerstones - pipe of different weights at different places on atlatls. Best was moderate weight, ca. 5 oz, close to handle, which increases distance of throw 15-25%
[Interesting but subjective, experiments and results not given in enough detail to see if supposed improvements statistically real].