Curation and Reuse: An Experimental Study of Transverse Arrowheads of the Late Scandinavian Mesolithic

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Abstract

This article aims to examine whether it is possible to rework transverse
arrowheads while still hafted, in order to reuse them. Three series, each
containing three arrows, were shot into a target consisting of meat and
bone. When possible, the arrowheads were retouched and fired again.
The results of the experiments demonstrate that it is possible to rework
transverse arrowheads while they are hafted and that there may be strong
strategic and economic reasons to do so. A discussion of the results and
comparison with archaeological material follows the experiment, which
indicates that reworked arrowheads can be recognized in archaeological
contexts and that reworking changes arrowhead morphology. This
suggests that formal typologies of lithic arrowheads that are based on
morpho-metric shape, and have been considered to reveal chronological
or cultural affinities, may be flawed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
JournalLund Archaeological Review
Volume24-25
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Archaeology

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