A functional replica of the Anasazi bow, and one of the arrows, currently in the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, AZ.  The original was found in Hidden House, AZ, and dates to around 1100 to 1250 AD.   An archaeology bow is a very rare find, as most historical bows are collected from modern cultures.   Wood and soft material artifacts are usually lost to the elements, but the super dry environment of Arizona lead to the possibility of this find.   This replica follows the original bow in Oak, with the cambium layer under the bark making the pristine back of the bow.  It measure 51 inches long, and was tillered to a even "D" curvature with a low stringing.   By following wide and thickness measurements as close as possible,  we got the result of a bow pulling 40 lbs at 26k inches of draw.   A bow like this would have been perfect for hunting small game in the open desert environment.   

  The arrow follows all the original materials and construction.   Measuring 35 inches long with the main shaft of phragmites/reed, it is tipped with arrowhead of a small obsidian flake.   Reed is not a very strong arrow material, so the projectile point is "foreshafted" or "footed" with hardwood, and lashed with all cotton thread, as reported by museum.   This is very rare, as the usual lashing for historical bows are sinew.  Back of arrow is set with insterted hardwood nock with pitch, and fletching is wild turkey and buzzard cock feather.   

  Although this is a replica for study and display/public talks, it was tested for use with several dozen shots and is a functional weapon that could still be dangerous.   Buyer is responsible for safe use.   The shots were taken with modern test arrow, and the arrow included is not for use, and only to show example of the archaeological arrows found with the bow.

Anasazi Functional Bow and Arrow Replica


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