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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Atlatl

August 29, 2014

An Aztec term for spear thrower; a wooden shaft or board used to propel a long, composite spear/dart equipped with a relatively large flaked stone point. Atlatls increased the range and force of the spear, and in North America comprised the primary hunting weapon from about 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 500.