Using the Atlatl: The Basics

Author(s): Daryl Hrdlicka; David Wescott

Year: 2009


Distinguishes 4 grip types based on how dart, not atlatl, is held: Knuckle (split finger, Basketmaker, with dart between knuckles); Thumb (thumb and index thru loops hold dart); Modified Thumb (1-hole Eskimo with index thru hole, thumb helps hold dart); Hammer (dart on rest, not held by fingers, modern) [so no holes, no rest like Peruvian would be what? Thumb or M Thumb? A good idea for classifying grips but not exhaustive.] Good description of throwing motion.

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Using the Atlatl: The Basics. Daryl Hrdlicka, David Wescott. The Dart . 08/2009: 5-8. 2009 ( tDAR id: 423405)

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Atlatl Hunting Weapon

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

Record Identifiers

ExArc Id(s): 10217


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.