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Projectile Points

TitleProjectile Points
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1940
AuthorsBROWNE, J.
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume5
Issue3
Pages209 213
PublisherSociety for American Archaeology
Place PublishedWashington DC
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0002-7316
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Size of points is not a good marker for dating "pre-bow" - Pt 87 mm long, 37 wide on arrow still shoots many "too large" pts actually ok for bow and arrow.
Experiments with self bow and Basketmaker type atlatl: "Any close degree of accuracy is impossible with atlatl and spear." (uses overhead sweep, full extension) 6 mo practice "can't hit buffalo 1 out of 10 at 30 yards." Bow much more accurate. Dart greater penetration than arrow with same pt. Maximum atlatl throw 81 yards. [I wonder why his accuracy was so poor with atlatl?]

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