Dr. Adrien Hannus

Ancient Hunting Technology: The Atlatl

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Adrien Hannus talks about Folsom hunters and the atlatl, a device which helps propel a spear farther, faster, and more fatally than the human arm alone can. More than 10,000 years ago, people created this ingenious device. It's one example of technology from ancient times.

ATLATL MECHANICS

The Atlatl is a piece of ancient hunting technology. Before there were bows and arrows, Paleoindians used this little piece of wood to launch their spears farther, faster, and with more successful results. Learn how this innovative device gave humans a better shot at survival.

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