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Atlatl (pronounced At'-lattle)

The atlatl is a tool used to aid in spear throwing. These tools are generally called spear throwers (which differs from the person throwing the spear called a spearman or javelineer). The atlatl specifically is a carved piece of wood or bone with a cup to hold the butt of the javelin or spear. The javelineer holds the atlatl over his head and performs a throwing motion which propels the spear forward. The atlatl allows the javelineer to throw the spear from a greater initial height, with more accuracy, and more power.

In Australia, the spear thrower is called a woomera.

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