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at·la·tl

 (ät-lät′l)
n.
A throwing device usually consisting of a stick fitted with a thong or socket to steady the butt of a spear or dart and extend the length it travels.

[Nahuatl, from atla, to throw.]

atlatl

(ˈætəˌlætəl)
n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a wooden implement used to throw a spear or similar weapon at a greater speed or distance as used by Native Americans

at•latl

(ˈɑtˌlɑt l)

n.
a device for throwing a spear, usu. a flat wooden stick with a handhold and a peg or socket to accommodate the butt end of the spear.
[1870–75; < Nahuatl ahtlatl]
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Experiments in the function and performance of the weighted atlatl, World Archaeology 18(2): 153-77.
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A dart would be used with an atlatl, it's usually a thinner and more flexible rod, while a spear shaft would be designed to be thrown by itself," she said.
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Simple bevelled atlatl heads at La Croze (Pincon 1988) have a real similarity with specimens from the Swiss site of Kesslerloch (Merk 1876; Table 3), also ascribed to the Middle Magdalenian (Leesch 1993).
Animals were hunted with an atlatl or rudimentary bow and arrow.
Most archaeologists agree that these abstract representations of birds, fashioned from banded, striated slate and usually grey, deep charcoal, or green, were used as atlatl weights attached to spears to counterbalance thrust.
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The atlatl was a throwing stick or board with a notch at one end, used to propel a dart--much like a lacrosse stick does for a ball.