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Published in THE NEBRASKA ANTHROPOLOGIST, Volume 26 (2011). Published by the Anthropology Student Group, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588. Copyright © 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln's AnthroGroup.


Slings as artifacts have seen relatively little research compared to other primitive weaponry. Yet these simple tools are nearly ubiquitous in their distribution among human societies and in many cases - ranging from Classical Greece and Rome to the Incans and Aztecs at contact - slings played a major role in waifare. Given the importance of the sling to many cultures, it is surprising that its capabilities are so poorly understood Investigating range and impact effects, this paper critiques previous literature and offers original mathematical modeling.