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5,000 Year Old Technology - The Atlatl

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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5,000 Year Old Technology - The Atlatl. 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, 30-39, Eastern US
 5103 Posts
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:51:06 AM
Atlatl is fun to say.

Say it like 10 times in a row.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 788 Posts
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:00:46 AM
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

Male, 18-29, Europe
 281 Posts
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:16:00 AM
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.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2496 Posts
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:20:10 AM
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

Male, 50-59, Australia
 1001 Posts
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:11:49 AM
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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