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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 use of the atlatl on Lake Patzcuaro, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 173(57-62): 265-8.
His atlatl wouldn't be much of a match to my shotgun either, but one thing I'm sure of regardless of our 1,500-year age difference; we both understood the thrill of the hunt.
While on a business trip to central Florida, I became acquainted with a gentleman who has not only done quite a bit of research on the atlatl, but has written a book called "The Atlatl.
The practice of using an atlatl and casting long arrows is a bit more refined.
Thus the numerous unused or rarely used obsidian points and the atlatl found at Campanayuq Rumi, suggest that hunting or warfare might have been part of the ritual references in religious ceremonies, and the presence of a piece of gold jewellery, an exotic green stone bead, ear spools and an S-shaped stamp for body painting indicate the use of elaborate ceremonial costumes.
When it was shot, the 3-foot-long dart had a projectile point on one end, and a cup or dimple on the other end that would have attached to a hook on the atlatl.
The Atlatl (anal-afl or at-fatal), referenced in the headline of this press release, is humankind's oldest known mechanical weapon, dating to 30,000 AC and preceding the bow and arrow.
TWO OVERLAPPING MIAMI SEQUENCES 2-letter overlap M over M KALKASKA (Michigan, USA) 4-letter overlap (the maximum possible for M over M) M over M 6-letter tautonyms such as ATLATL, BERBER, CANCAN, DUMDUM, ENTENT, FURFUR, GANGAN (a cockatoo), HAWHAW, ILOILO, JAW JAW, KUSKUS, LOGLOG, MURMUR, NAGNAG, ONEONE, PAWPAW, QUAQUA, RAHRAH, SOUSOU, TARTAR, UNSUNS, VERVER, WAHWAH, XINXIN (China),YENYEN, ZIGZIG 4.
I remain connected to the ancients of old, my forefathers who lived in caves and knapped flint into spear points, knife blades, arrowheads, and atlatl tips.
Long before the invention of the bow and arrow, Ice Age hunters used an atlatl, a weapon so forceful hunters could take on a critter as large as a woolly mammoth.
Twenty thousand years ago, in what is new Europe,'' the World Atlatl Association's Web site (www.