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Preliminary Results of an Experimental Investigation of Magdalenian Antler Points

TitlePreliminary Results of an Experimental Investigation of Magdalenian Antler Points
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsSTODIEK, U.
EditorBELLIER, C., P. CATTELAIN, and M. OTTE
Book TitleLa chasse dans la Préhistoire/ Hunting in Prehistory
CityBruxelles
PublisherSocieté Royale Belge d’Anthropologie et Préhistoire
Volume111
Pages70-78
Series TitleAnthropologie et Préhistoire
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

J. Whittaker: from work for 1993: antler pts all that remain of darts assoc with Upper Paleolithic atlatls. Double + single beveled points show diameter around 10 mm, = shaft size, which works with shafts 1.3-2.2 m long. Tested using crossbow device, 30 m/sec velocity, at 15 m range, equivalent to velocity attained with spearthrower. Used gutted fallow deer carcass, 45 kg. Points attached with only resin/wax glue failed or split shaft, but lashing of sinew made the hafting strong enough. Body cavity penetration when no bone struck averaged 20 cm, and with flint side-blades 5-10 cm more. Bone hits often damaged both point + shaft. Glued-in flint inserts detached when struck bone.

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