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atlatl
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: atl-atl, spear thrower
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A New World version of a spear-throwing device, used by the Aztecs and other peoples of the Americas. It consisted of a wooden shaft used to propel a spear or dart and it functioned like an extension of the arm, providing more thrusting leverage. Atlatl weights are objects of stone fastened to the throwing stick for added weight. These may be perforated so that the stick passes through the artifact, or they may be grooved for lashing to the stick. In western North America it was the main hunting weapon from about 6500 BC till 500 AD.
atlatl weight
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Drilled or grooved stone or shell that was used to weight the atlatl

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