The Atlatl: Most Underrated Stone Age Tool?
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The atlatl, or spear thrower, came before the bow, and the earliest evidence we have goes back to 17,500 years ago in France. The Mungo man, found in Australia, has osteoarthritis in the right elbow which has been interpreted as a result of using a spear thrower (the aboriginal word is woomera). If that's the case, and not caused by manual throwing, then it would be as old as 42,000 years.
It's a simple but fascinating implement in my opinion. So I went ahead and made one to try out. I have very little experience in throwing darts with an atlatl, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of how useful it is. Aside from explaining how it works I also did a distance test, to see how much more powerful it makes a throw.
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