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ISM System :How are Projectile Points Used?
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How were points used?
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How are Points Used?

Native Americans used projectile points as tips on their lances, spears, darts, and arrows, all weapons used primarily for hunting, occasionally fishing, and sometimes combat. The sharp point and edges of the projectile point, when propelled with sufficient force, penetrated the hide of an animal. The substantial amount of animal bone found at Native American sites is clear evidence of their hunting prowess and the effectiveness of their weapons.

Some lances and spears had a detachable foreshaft, a short piece of wood or bone tipped with a projectile point that fit into the larger wooden shaft. A foreshaft allowed the hunter to disconnect the lance or spear shaft once the point on the foreshaft was imbedded in an animal. Foreshafts also served as knife handles. Using the projectile point as a knife, Native American hunters could butcher the carcass of an animal to transport smaller packages of meat back to a village.

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