arrowhead

arrowhead

[ar-oh-hed]
arrowhead, any plant of the genus Sagittaria, widely distributed marsh or aquatic herbs of the primitive family Alismataceae (water-plantain family). The name derives from the arrowhead-shaped leaves of many species. Native North Americans prepared a potatolike food by roasting or broiling the tubers, particularly of S. latifolia; another species has long been cultivated in China for its starchy root. Arrowheads, which have white, buttercuplike flowers, are often grown in aquariums, ponds, and bog gardens. Arrowheads are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida, order Alismatales, family Alismataceae.

An arrowhead is point of an arrow, or a shape resembling such a point; as archaeological artifacts arrowheads are a subclass of projectile points.

Arrowheads are found all over the world. Archaeologically they are usually made of stone: primarily being flint, obsidian, or cherts; however in many excavations bone, wooden and metal arrowheads have been found.

In Scandinavia during the Viking age a wide range of arrowheads were used for a variety of tasks.

Arrowheads are attached to arrow shafts and may be "thrown", with by means of such as an Atlatl (similar to a spear thrower), or fired from a bow.

See also

Stone tool

External links

  • Texas Arrowheads http://www.texasarrowheads.com
  • Midwest Arrowheads http://www.arrowheadworld.com
  • Relic Shack Arrowheads http://www.relicshack.com
  • Texas Points Arrowheads http://www.texaspoints.com

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