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Atlatl

 

April 21, 2017

Sabre Moore

Stewart Cook uses an atlatl to throw a spear outside the museum last summer.

Later this month, I will use the museum's teaching collection to conduct an atlatl training at Carter County High and Elementary schools. We sponsored a similar event last year as part of the Days of '85 celebration. However, the inspiration for including atlatls, or spear throwers, in our museum programming goes back to the excavation of Mill Iron Site.

It was the late 1980s in Carter County, Montana. Archaeologists had been working for days to excavate what would become the second oldest paleoindian site in the state. Bones had been discovered in what archaeologists had termed the "camp...



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