Crossbow Quarrel

Project details

  • Object number –
  • Material – Iron
  • Place of Origin – China
  • Date – Early 17th century
  • Context – Pit 1
  • Location –
  • Category – Featured Finds

A quarrel is the tip of a crossbow arrow, or bolt. The quarrel is designed to batter and stun the animal but not penetrate the skin or damage the fur, which is marketable. The name quarrel is derived from the French word “carré,” meaning square, because the quarrel typically has a square head. This crown-point type of quarrel was for hunting and was found in Pit 1, a cellar-type feature associated with the remnants of one of James Fort’s earliest post-in-ground structures.