A fun, and remarkably good-looking, mammoth sculpture in Bluff, Utah. Set to burn on the solstice to honor the mammoth petroglyphs found nearby. I love Bluff and wish I could get up there for the event.
Join us at the Blackwater Draw site for the
11th Annual Fall Atlatl Competition.
Whether you are new to dart throwing or have been at it for years, everyone is invited to participate in the 2011 Atlatl Throw. Learn more from the World Atlatl Association.
- The event will be held October 22nd at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological site on New Mexico Highway 467.
- Gates open and registration to compete begins at 9:00 am.
- Practice targets open at 9:00.
- Throwing teams for men, women, and youth.
- Field round competition beginning around 10:00 am and will continue through the afternoon.
- ISAC in the afternoon.
- Casual throwing available all day as targets become free.
Atlatl and spearthrowers of all types welcome. (No stone tips please).
LA3324.32904: Unfluted Folsom projectile point fragment made of Alibates agate.
This artifact was excavated from the Blackwater Draw North Bank in 1963 by J. Collins. This fragment was found in the Folsom-age horizon just 36 cm (14 inches) below the Agate Basin stratigraphic unit.
Alibates chert, sometimes called “flint”, is better described as an agatized dolomite. The Alibates Flint Quarries located near Amarillo, TX is the source for this raw material.
To learn more about this commonly used raw material, visit Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument.
Three Folsom-age projectile point bases from various areas of the Blackwater Draw site.
- LA3324.5036 (top left) was excavated in 1989 during investigations of the South Bank. This projectile point base was found in association with extinct bison.
- LA3324.24134 (top right) was discovered during the 1962-1963 F. E. Green excavations of the North Bank. This projectile point fragment is highly polished from spring activity.
- LA3324.32864 (bottom) was discovered in 1962 by J. Hester during the El Llano Archaeological Society excavation of the North Bank.
All three of these projectile point fragments are made of Edwards Plateau chert from central Texas.
Stay tuned for more artifacts from the Clovis site!
Blackwater Draw National Landmark
hosted another successful atlatl and dart building workshop.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
October 23, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Blackwater Draw National Landmark will once again host the Autumn Atlatl throw at the site. There will be flintknapping demonstrations, primitive technologists, sandal and fiber work as well as an introduction to the spearthrower.
More information to come.
This season’s throw was held with near-perfect weather and an excellent attendance. There were 35 throwers and about 20 spectators. The event was focused on a field round and an ISAC throw. See the photos here:
From time to time, we receive donations from private individuals. After a few phone calls back and forth, I arranged to meet with someone who wanted to show me a dart she had found in a cave when she was young. We have agreed to accept this remarkable find and intend to display it in the near future. The preservation is beautiful, although it has apparently been handled over many years. There was apparently a spear-thrower (atlatl) found with the dart but it was unfortunately lost in a house fire.
The foreshaft/point is hardwood and fits into a socket. the hind shaft is split in order to contract when seized with sinew (still attached. The barb is lashed on with more sinew. I will put more description and better photos when I get time.