Atlatls in Lower Pecos Rock Art
One of humanity’s oldest weapon systems is the atlatl, or spear thrower. The atlatl functions as a lever to throw a dart (or spear) with greater speed, distance, and accuracy than a hand-thrown spear. Atlatls were used by humans as early as 20,000 ago, and in the Lower Pecos the atlatl was used until being replaced by the bow and arrow around 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists have even recovered fragments of atlatls from Lower Pecos rockshelters.
Attributes of Atlatls in Lower Pecos Rock Art
Variation of Atlatls by Rock Art Style
Atlatl Function vs. Form in LPC Rock Art
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