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Ref ID: 25246
Ref Type: Book Section in a Series
Authors: Churchill, Steven E
Title: Weapon Technology, Prey Size Selection, and Hunting Methods in Modern Hunter-Gatherers: Implications for Hunting in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
Date: 1993
Source: Hunting and Animal Exploitation in the Later Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Eurasia
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
Abstract: The ethnographic and ethnohistoric literature on a global sample of 96 recent hunting peoples was surveyed to explore the relationships between weapons, prey body‐size, and terrestrial hunting techniques. Findings include: (1) an association between the use of hand‐delivered spears, large‐bodied prey, and hunting techniques dependent on physiographic features and specific terrain types
(2) less dependence on terrain features in hunting with atlatl‐propelled darts, and
(3) use of the bow and arrow without regard to prey size or terrain features. Findings also suggest that technologically aided hunting of medium‐to‐large game before the development of long‐distance projectile weaponry involved a narrow range of strategies and limitations of prey choice. The effective exploitation of a wide range of terrestrial mammals characteristic of modern humans occurred after the advent of efficient projectile weapons.
Identifier: 0-913167-61-4
Date Created: 7/23/2019
Editors: Peterkin, Gail Larsen
Bricker, Harvey M
Mellars, Paul
Number: 4
Page Start: 11
Page End: 24
Series Editor: Clark, G. A.
Series Title: Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association