Au retour de la chasse... Observations expérimentales concernant les impacts sur le gibier, la récupération et la maintenance des projectiles dans le Magdalénien supérieur d'Isturitz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)

Abstract : In January 2003 a projectile experiment has been performed in the Musée du Malgré-Tout (Treignes, Viroinval, Belgium), involving the use of fork-based antler points as projectile tips. Our goal was to assess the possible use of these points as weapon elements, using the upper Magdalenian fork-based points from the cave site of Isturitz for archaeological comparisons. But beside this main focus, the experiment was also an opportunity to record a number of supplementary informations and results, which are discussed in this paper. After a brief summary of our experimental methodology, we present the impact traces observed on the bones of the target animals. Then we point out the presence of cutting marks on some points, formed during their recovery inside the animal's carcass. Finally, we compare the state of fragmentation in the archaeological and experimental samples, in order to detect possible projectile maintenance activities in the Isturitz site.
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Jean-Marc Pétillon, Claire Letourneux. Au retour de la chasse... Observations expérimentales concernant les impacts sur le gibier, la récupération et la maintenance des projectiles dans le Magdalénien supérieur d'Isturitz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). Préhistoires méditerranéennes, Association pour la promotion de la préhistoire et de l'anthropologie méditerrannéennes, 2003, 12; 13, pp.173-188; 133. ⟨halshs-00269403⟩

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