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Point Typologies, Cultural Transmission, and the Spread of Bow-and-Arrow Technology in the Prehistoric Great Basin

TitlePoint Typologies, Cultural Transmission, and the Spread of Bow-and-Arrow Technology in the Prehistoric Great Basin
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBETTINGER, R. L., and J. EERKENS
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume64
Issue2
Pages231-242
PublisherSociety for American Archaeology
Place PublishedWashington DC
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0002-7316
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Great Basin transition to small points (= bow and arrow) ca. 1350 B.P.
Two areas anomalous: 1) central NV lots light pts that should be darts - probably because of resharpening limited material. 2) E. CA light pts with base/neck too wide for arrow. Suggests different modes of transmission: 1 = "indirect bias" copy whole complex at once, vs 2 = "guided variation" more individualistic copying with experimentation, perhaps because of less contact between cultures.

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