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From Atlatl to Bow and Arrow: Implicating Projectile Technology in Changing Systems of Hunter-Gatherer Mobility
Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology of Mobility (2006)
  • Pei-Lin Yu
Abstract
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).
Publication Date
2006
Editor
Frédéric Sellet, Russell D. Greaves, Pei-Lin Yu
Publisher
University Press of Florida
ISBN
0813029562
Citation Information
Pei-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)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pei-lin_yu/13/