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A New Type of Atlatl from a Cave Shelter on the Rio Grande near Shumla, Valverde County, Texas

TitleA New Type of Atlatl from a Cave Shelter on the Rio Grande near Shumla, Valverde County, Texas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1933
AuthorsGARDNER, F., and G. C. MARTIN
Series TitleBig Bend Basket Maker Papers
CitySan Antonio, Texas
PublisherWitte Memorial Museum
Series Volume2
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Previous finds of notched arrows in atlatl-age deposits could be contemporaneity, or now explained by find of atlatl to cast them.
Ash wood fragment with distal groove and "wedge-shaped" hook to engage arrow nock, narrow, rigid, proximal end missing, decorative notches on bottom.
Cane arrow shaft 3/8" diam, end narrowed by sinew wrap, flared for nock, 3 feather traces.
Experimental atlatl with commercial arrows got similar range but less accuracy than bow.
[Hard to swallow - arrow engaged with hook with nock vertical - would the hook really hold for a throw? Can you actually throw something as short as an arrow with an atlatl? – I haven’t tried. Unscientific excavation - does the arrow really belong with the atlatl?]

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