Re: Re: Artifact?
My mind has been going crazy with ideas as to what it could have been used for. The best I've come up with so far is a handle to which rawhide would be attached at either end. A pouch type system, with 2 tails if you will, that could be brought through the holes at either end and then a knot of sorts would be tied to prevent the rawhide from slipping back through. Not sure just how long the tails of rawhide would have been, but in a sense a catapult device for a spear. One could generate a lot of forward speed to the spear using a system like this giving deeper penetration into the animal of choice. I believe the reason for having holes at both ends would be in case either end failed then they would have a backup. Why go through all the work of making such a piece and have it fail early on. Having a backup at the other end world mean your day of hunting wasn't over so quickly. It does fit perfectly into the palm of the hand at the point of where your fingers meet the palm. And if you look carefully the sculpting is somewhat identical at both ends so it could be used in either direction.
Disclaimer: This is all pure speculation on my part. Do not attempt to make such a device without first consulting an expert as to the dangers involved with using such a device. And if you should make this device and are successful at taking any game I've got dibbies on the backstraps.
From Ward - September 16, 2012 at 11:39:47