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In this class, you will make a replica atlatl and an expedient dart. Hunters in the distant past used the atlatl to propel the dart and shaft. Patterned after archaeological examples known from the Southwest, our atlatls will be made of oak. Our darts will be very simple, so that participants have a dart to shoot when they leave the class. For the most part, participants will use stone tools, though we may employ modern hand tools in the interest of timeliness.
Note that this class will require lots of hands-on carving work, making it hard on the hands. Please bring work gloves. Masks are required. This class will run for four hours or more, depending on carving time.
- Archaeology Southwest