Were there hafted projectile points in the mousterian?

Simon Holdaway*

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A test based on the pattern of use-related damage seen on projectile points from American Paleoindian sites is proposed to determine whether artifacts identified morphologically as points were in fact used as hafted projectiles. The test is applied to artifacts identified, based on Bordesy typology, as Mousterian points from two Iranian Mousterian sites (Warwasi and Bisitun). The results show that the “Mousterian points” from these sites do not have a breakage pattern consistent with a projectile point function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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