Study the short video sets about tools and tool making for this week’s Lab. Two videos relate to making early tool forms using projectiles and one demonstrates stone tool flaking; an optional link that may be helpful is a manual used in a museum for artifact types and classification. These are for your Lab 6 (Week 7) and you should do  your artifact comparisons and write-up as described below.

Video set 1 is about the bow and arrow and Video set 2 concerns the on the spear thrower, or atlatl (a term from the Mesoamerican Nahuatl language). Also, be sure to check out your textbook and this week’s other video on flintknapping.

Then, discuss the differences between two weapons or hunting tools, that is, the bow and arrow compared to the spear thrower. Be sure to address the following:

What types of materials are usually used to make the two tools or weapons?

What parts of these tools are typically recovered as artifacts?

Are these implements composite tools, or not?

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages when using one or the other for various activities?

What is each of the two implements best suited for?

Your write-up should be prepared as a 1½ to 2 double-spaced pages report. Use size 11 or 12 Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins and only a one-line header with your name and the class and date. You may use small illustrations that you create. Do not just copy drawings from publications.

link to videos below:

bow n arrow videos:

Atlatl videos:

Flint knapping videos:


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