Spear Thrower or Atlatl

The bow and arrow came into use in California about 500 AD–Before then the spear thrower or atlatl was used–The spear thrower wasn’t as effective with small game and had to be used in a standing position so shooting from cover was difficult–The spear thrower was used at the tip of Baja California and the Aztecs used it as a weapon of war–These photographs are from Australia where the bow and arrow was not used

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