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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.
Project topics ranged from a comparison of ancient cultures (www.uwlax.edu/ mvac/PDFFiles/NEH2010Les/Viking.pdf) to ethnobotany to an investigation of the physics of the atlatl
Visitors used prehistoric hand-driven pump drills and an atlatl
, the spear-thrower used by Paleoindians to hunt mammoths.
He was right-handed, with prominent muscle attachments in the elbow and wrist area from a repetitive lock-and-thrust action, such as the use of an atlatl
, or spear thrower, indicating that he was a hunter.
I had only just let him get into the bow issue, a bit of the atlatl
, then I had wimped--on linguistic traces, normally my forte, basketry, ho hummh, and sherds, yawn.
Despite the fact that every public beach in Queensland, Australia, has been periodically closed this season due to blooms of box jellyfish, and despite the fearsome saltwater crocodiles living here, Les strides confidently into the bay with a pair of 10-foot-long bamboo spears and his wooden woomera, the multipurpose Aboriginal atlatl
, or spear-thrower.
Once hypothesis is that composite points were used as thrusting spears in disadvantage-hunting strategies against large ungulates, perhaps in conjunction with bifacial point-tipped atlatl
darts, whereas the latter were also used in encounter or pursuit hunting of smaller game.