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atlatl

(ät`lätəl) [Nahuatl], device used to throw a spear with greater propulsion. Atlatls began to be used in the Americas in the post-Pleistocene period and were eventually replaced by the bow and arrow.
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The engraved scapula was found by Kait Knauber-Ferriegel and Matt Dawson, the atl-atl by Igor Gutierrez Zugasti, and the slate pendant by Yuichi Nakazawa.