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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
Place PublishedNew York
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish

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].