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weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunter

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231900
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0008
weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunter

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This chapter describes tools and weaponry used by the prehistoric hunter. The weaponry used for more than 11,000 years of hunting on the plains, in the Rocky Mountains and in parts of adjacent areas varies to some extent but still conforms to a single design and purpose: a stone, metal, bone or antler projectile with a sharp tip is propelled with enough force to penetrate and deliver a mortal wound. This chapter suggests that whatever the hunter's choice of weapon care and regular practice in its use are critically important determinants of hunting success because the delivery by the hunter of a projectile to produce a lethal wound is a final and crucial act in a hunting episode.

Keywords: prehistoric hunter; tools; weaponry; Rocky Mountains; lethal wound; sharp tip

Chapter.  8597 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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