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New book on Slingstones in Oceania & Americas
Aug 19th, 2011 at 6:50pm
 
This is to announce that ca. Oct. 15, 2011, a book that my wife and I have written, Slings and Slingstones, The Forgotten Weapons of Oceania and the Americas, will be published by Kent State U. Press. It can now be pre-ordered, see p. 16 of the KSU Press 2011 catalog at www.kentstateuniversitypress.com. Or, actually we've found that just Googling "Gigi Robert York Slings" generates many relevant links.  

In doing our research the Slinging.org site and Chris Harrison were of considerable help to us, which we acknowledge in our book.

Our book primarily is written with an archaeological/anthropological audience in mind (natch, that's our background) but we believe (immodestly) that it contains much of interest for all w/an interest. We think it addresses many of the ?s we have seen in the Forum -- especially, of course, concerning Oceania and the Americas -- and/or supplies plenty of grist for discussion and debate.    
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Re: New book on Slingstones in Oceania & Americas
Reply #1 - Aug 19th, 2011 at 7:01pm
 
Cool! There are a lot of people on the forum that like these kinds of things, myself included. I was under the impression that slings didn't play much of a role in Australia. Does your book give evidence for sling use by Aboriginal Australians, or do you focus sling on use in the pacific islands that circle the main continent?
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Massi - WTF? It's called a sling. You use it to throw rocks farther and faster than you could otherwise. That's all. 
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Reply #2 - Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:09pm
 
RE: Sling in Australia? I will resist saying "wait and read the book and see what you think".  Don't you like surprises?  But the answer is, we very much looked into Australia and found no evidence it was ever used there -- at least not aboriginally.  This, of course, also goes for the bow & arrow. The woomera (atlatl in the New World) or spear thrower was the projectile weapon of Australia's native peoples thruout its long prehistory, reaching back to 1st settlement some 60,000 years ago.  Now this doesn't mean there wasn't lots of rather lethal hand throwing of rocks, particularly this behavior was witnessed by the early European explorers of Tasmania. All this raises lots of intriguing ?s for archaeologists and anthros., that as far as we know havn't been addressed much.           
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Reply #3 - Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:11pm
 
That's good news.

I'm sure many of us look forward to reading it when it comes out.

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Reply #4 - Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:21pm
 
You're an author willing to answer questions! Cheesy Alright, you just earned yourself a reader.
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Massi - WTF? It's called a sling. You use it to throw rocks farther and faster than you could otherwise. That's all. 
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Reply #5 - Aug 20th, 2011 at 6:09pm
 
Thank you for taking the time and effort in writing a book about this fascinating subject.

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Reply #6 - Aug 21st, 2011 at 7:48am
 
looked at the catalogue and it doesn't mention either a price or the number of pages in the book.
prosaic things i know, but given the usual cost of limited edition academic textbooks - it's always useful to have some idea of pages per buck when considering ordering one Smiley
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Reply #7 - Aug 21st, 2011 at 9:05am
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Aug 21st, 2011 at 7:48am:
looked at the catalogue and it doesn't mention either a price or the number of pages in the book.
prosaic things i know, but given the usual cost of limited edition academic textbooks - it's always useful to have some idea of pages per buck when considering ordering one Smiley


From the publisher's web site:

2011, c. 224 pp
ISBN 978-1-60635-107-9
Cloth, $55.00s

Getting you 4.07 pages/$ - approximately Wink
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Reply #8 - Sep 25th, 2011 at 12:05pm
 
  Haha. You beat me to it! I'm hoping to get a master's thesis done this spring on sling experimentation and I've always had this little fantasy that I'd be one of the first to introduce the topic to North American archaeologists. Congratulations on the new book and I hope to read it soon!

  I've run across a lot of stuff on trephining in the Pacific islands and Peru, were you able to incorporate that data in the book?
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Reply #9 - Sep 28th, 2011 at 2:19am
 
Thanks. We hope you will find our work of interest and provocative. We're sure you will find plenty of questions to tackle, plenty of room to expand on our research, and we certainly hope you many others do.  Concerning trephining, yes we have incorporated trephining data. As you obviously recognized, we also discovered the practice of trephining is particularly relevant to understanding the use or non-use of the sling.
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Reply #10 - Oct 27th, 2011 at 3:15pm
 
Short delay on publication. You all may have noticed that Oct. 15 has come and gone and our book still is not out. Our publisher, Kent State U. Press, info'd that it's essentially ready to print, except the cover design still needs to be completed. They did not give us a new target date for publication but it should not be too much longer.  Again, of course, it is available for pre-order thru various outlets (KSU Press, Amazon, etc.).
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Reply #11 - Dec 2nd, 2011 at 2:27pm
 
Update on Publication: KSU Press informed us all problems have been resolved, it was sent to the printer in November, and should be distributed no later than Jan 12 -- we're of course hopeful it will be released before.    
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Reply #12 - Dec 4th, 2011 at 3:54pm
 
great job  Wink

hope my local libraries might carry it.
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Reply #13 - Jan 13th, 2012 at 8:48pm
 
Any word on when this will actually be available? The 12th has come and gone.  Cry

Just really looking forward to reading it, even if it is expensive. Its not exactly everyday a book gets published about slinging. Smiley
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Reply #14 - Jan 19th, 2012 at 2:00am
 
That's a good question, since, obviously, we're interested to know what's up w/our book too I checked with KSU Press, to quote their rep: "We're in the process of binding and distributing as we speak." I take that to mean it should be available shortly -- it better be -- maybe yet this week and hopefully no later then next week.  Concerning price, the lowest price I've seen is Amazon's. But check various sites, maybe someone has a better deal. I noted a previously posted comment to the effect that they hoped their library would obtain it. I would suggest to all you can help that happen by bringing it to the attention of your friendly librarians for acquisition -- forgive the shameless self-promotion.            
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