Throwing-Stick

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Throwing-Stick

 

(also spear-thrower), a device for throwing spears that increases the range of the flight and the power and precision of the strike. Throwing-sticks were invented in the Paleolithic period and were made of bone. They were also used by the aborigines of Australia and Oceania, by a number of Indian tribes of North and South America, and by several peoples of Northeast Asia.

Throwing-sticks consisted of a wooden rod or board (rectangular or sword-shaped, measuring 5–12 cm wide and 30–150 cm long) with a groove and a rest for the shaft of the spear. They were decorated with carvings and incrustations; sometimes they were painted.

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References in classic literature ?
What could his sling, his throwing-stick, or his arrow avail him against such forces as have been loose to-night?
The Australian, in the simplicity of the arts of life, comes nearest the Fuegian: he can, however, boast of his boomerang, his spear and throwing-stick, his method of climbing trees, of tracking animals, and of hunting.