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Contributions to the Dart versus Arrow Debate: New Data from Holocene Projectile Points from Southeastern and Southern Brazil

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Okumura, Mercedes [1] ; Araujo, Astolfo G. M. [2]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Programa Posgrad Arqueol, PPGArq, Dept Antropol, Museu Nacl, BR-20940040 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Arqueol & Etnol, BR-05508070 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências; v. 87, n. 4, p. 2349-2373, DEC 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 4

Lithic bifacial points are very common in the southern and southeastern regions of the Brazilian territory. Dated from Early to Late Holocene, these artifacts have not been studied in terms of their propulsion system. Given the characteristics of the bow and arrow compared to the atlatl and dart, there are important differences in the size and weight of arrowheads and dart points. Applying the techniques proposed by Shott (1997), Bradbury (1997), Fenenga (1953), Hughes (1998), and Hildebrandt and King (2012) to specimens recovered from eight sites dating from the early to the late Holocene, this work aims to present preliminary results to better understand the potential presence of darts and arrows in southeastern and southern Brazil. There was a variation in the results according to the application of different techniques. At least one set of points, dated from the Early Holocene, presented quite a high proportion of specimens classified as arrows, indicating the presence of points that could be used as arrowheads. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/06453-9 - Statistical methods applied to the characterization of Palaeoindian lithic industries from Southern Brazil
Grantee:Maria Mercedes Martinez Okumura
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/13794-5 - The Paleoindian occupation of São Paulo State: a geoarchaeological approach
Grantee:Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo
Support type: Regular Research Grants