5,000 Year Old Technology - The Atlatl

Submitted by: ElectricEye 2 years ago in Science

A spear-thrower is a long-range weapon and can readily impart to a projectile speeds of over 150 km/h
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Male 5,620
Atlatl is fun to say.

Say it like 10 times in a row.
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Male 1,152
Argus, you are missing a digit there. There things are much older than the aboriginals. Older than humans even. These were first made by homo heildelbergesis
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Male 303
@RobSwindol
We are talking longbow... not stoneage bow.
Its like comparing the manuverability of a rowboat compared to a submarine, the gap in time and tech is not compareble.
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Male 2,528
Lots of misinformation here.

Geoff, a properly made atlatl can be aimed with some accuracy in properly trained hands.

The gentleman in the video claims that the atlatl has more knock-down power than a bow and arrow. That`s simply not the case.

While the dart my be heavier, it`s traveling much, much slower than an arrow from a longbow. Mass X speed = force. And the added speed of the bow and arrow more than makes up for the mass that it lacks.

Case in point, it`s been proven time and time again that an arrow can be shot through armor using a rustic longbow. However, let`s look at how the atlatl performs against the same, low-grade armor.

Atlatl vs. Armor
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Male 1,253
Actually it`s a woomera, 18000 years old and Australian aboriginal. It`s now been proven with DNA that that the Australian aboriginal was the first settler in South America, thousands of years before the mongoliod races came down from the north.
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Male 15,259
@GeoffwasHere you need lots of training and practice.
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Male 767
This is kinda what Jondalar invents in the Earth Children series.
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Male 202
I have launched one of these. It was made by my old social studies professor in high school.

You can not aim this contraption.

It is worth a penny that shouldn`t circulate the American currency system.
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Male 427
At least I learned how to pronounce atlatl.
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Male 1,152
5000 years? pretty sure this technology is 400000 years old, drating paleolithic
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Male 413
Just look at how much farther it goes! it goes right off the screen! he would NEVER have been able to do that without his atlatl
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Male 13,630
Have seen these in historical re enactments
and yeah those buggers can fly long and fast
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Male 5,626
"They could have shown how much farther it goes than throwing a spear."
It would have revealed his girly arm.

Most atlatl users are legitimate bison hunters. You would be leaving them without a means to take down bison and without a means to defend themselves against criminals who get their atlatl from other sources.
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Male 266
I demand common sense steps be made for atlatl control. Surely we don`t want these weapons to end up in the hands of criminals?
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Male 427
They could have shown how much farther it goes than throwing a spear. They were right there with a camera, ferchristsake.
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Female 6,381
Just don`t rattle your atlatl.
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Female 4,396
@Avatar, newp sorry "well regulated" means "in good working order", not regulated in a legal sense, otherwise why would they put "shall not be infringed" (Funny how certain people always conveniently leave *that* out?) on the end?
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Male 1,059
People always conveniently omit the term, "well regulated" when talking about these sticks. Really, they should only be allowed for "militia`s".
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Male 2,105
Good one, MelCervini.
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Female 4,396
no one should need a high-capacity stick
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Male 2,729
Link: 5,000 Year Old Technology - The Atlatl [Rate Link] - A spear-thrower is a long-range weapon and can readily impart to a projectile speeds of over 150 km/h
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