The Atlatl Motif in Rock Art

Author(s): Lawrence Loendorf

Year: 2021


This is an abstract from the "From the Plains to the Plateau: Papers in Honor of James D. Keyser" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Rock art researchers often claim that an oval with a vertical line through it represents an atlatl, but many of these depictions are not very convincing examples of atlatls. A better way to identify atlatls is to find examples that show anthropomorphs holding an atlatl while throwing a dart or holding an atlatl in a proper position. These examples are rare, but significant, because they can unequivocally demonstrate a pre-bow-and-arrow time frame and in turn have implications for research into warfare and the distribution of various rock art motifs.

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The Atlatl Motif in Rock Art. Lawrence Loendorf. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466590)

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Abstract Id(s): 29880