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Survival by HuntingPrehistoric Human Predators and Animal Prey$
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George Frison

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231900

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231900.001.0001

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weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunter

weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunter

(p.195) Chapter 8 weaponry and Tools Used by the Hunter
Survival by Hunting

George C. Frison

University of California Press

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

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