You will make a replica atlatl and an expedient dart in this class. Hunters in the distant past used the atlatl to propel the dart and shaft. Our atlatls will be made of oak, using archaeological examples from the Southwest. The darts will be 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.
This class will require lots of hands-on carving work, making it hard on the hands. Please bring work gloves. This class will be an all-day workshop with a midday lunch break.
- Archaeology Southwest