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An Introduction to the Atlatl

Author(s): David Wescott

Editor(s): Richard Jamison ; Linda Jamison

Year: 1994

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J. Whittaker: [OK intro, but too many errors]. He has an interesting concept of different kinds of atlatl systems: “throwing board” = rigid, heavy harpoons; “spear thrower” = some flex, long heavy spears [but atlatls don’t go back to Neanderthal times]; “flexible system” = SW, flexy light atlatls and darts with weights and other tuning; “casting stick” = baton de commandment and other thong-using throwers and very flexy atlatls [not the same]. [His explanations borrow too much from Perkins’ incorrect ideas of flex, and “tuning” and his diagram of throwing shows the atlatlist leaning forward and an unflexed dart.]

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An Introduction to the Atlatl. David Wescott, Richard Jamison, Linda Jamison. In Woodsmoke: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills. Pp. 176-189. Birmingham, AL: Menasha Ridge Press. 1994 ( tDAR id: 423434)


Atlatl Hunting Weapon

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

Record Identifiers

ExArc Id(s): 10246


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America