The antiquity of bow-and-arrow technology: evidence from Middle Stone Age layers at Sibudu Cave

  title={The antiquity of bow-and-arrow technology: evidence from Middle Stone Age layers at Sibudu Cave},
  author={Lucinda R. Backwell and Justin Bradfield and Kristian J. Carlson and Tea Jashashvili and Lyn Wadley and Francesco d’Errico},
  pages={289 - 303}
Abstract The bow and arrow is thought to be a unique development of our species, signalling higher-level cognitive functioning. How this technology originated and how we identify archaeological evidence for it are subjects of ongoing debate. Recent analysis of the putative bone arrow point from Sibudu Cave in South Africa, dated to 61.7±1.5kya, has provided important new insights. High-resolution CT scanning revealed heat and impact damage in both the Sibudu point and in experimentally produced… 
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