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From Atlatl to Bow and Arrow: Implicating Projectile Technology in Changing Systems of Hunter-Gatherer MobilityArchaeology and Ethnoarchaeology of Mobility (2006)
In regional culture histories, the transition from large, broad-based projectile points to smaller, lightweight forms is often cited as a shift in the launching method from spearthrower (or atlatl) to bow and arrow (cf. Aikens and Higuchi 1982: 109; Cabrera Valdez 1984: 279; Grayson 1994: 250). Much research on the projectile transition has focused on intrinsic attributes of points in order to separate them into discrete types (Bettinger adn Eerkens 1999: 231; Beck 1998: 21). In addition to formal variation in stone points, the reduction method may differ. Analysis of one sample from northeastern North America showed that dart points are typically reduced from cores and arrow points from flakes (Nassaney and Pyle 1999: 251-252).
EditorFrédéric Sellet, Russell D. Greaves, Pei-Lin Yu
PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
Citation InformationPei-Lin Yu. "From Atlatl to Bow and Arrow: Implicating Projectile Technology in Changing Systems of Hunter-Gatherer Mobility" Gainesville, FLArchaeology and Ethnoarchaeology of Mobility (2006)
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