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Stone tips or not?

16 Jan 2010, 01:27 UTC
Stone tips or not?
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I’m a big fan of the MythBusters and have watched every single episode of the myth-busting show. Given the things they are testing all the time, I’ve always wondered if they ever work with those in academia to publish some of their results in peer-reviewed journals. I also subscribe to Research Blogging for blog posts that talk about papers discussing current research, as part of my effort to find stuff to include in Science Gossip, my “meta-blogging” site for science news.

Lo and behold, I have just noticed a blog post aggregated by Research Blogging that talks about the effectiveness of stone tipped arrows and simple pointy ended arrows. This is what was tested in a Viewer’s Special episode of the MythBusters in 2008: why did ancient people bother to do so much more hard work to make stone tips? It turned out that penetration power and accuracy is pretty much the same between a stone-tipped arrow and an arrow whose wooden end was simply sharpened to a point. So at least penetration power and accuracy were not the reasons why people had gone to all the trouble to make stone tips, although that would not rule out other reasons ...

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