What is the average length of the spear (?) an atlatl would throw?

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What is the average length of the spear (?) an atlatl would throw?

counterWULF
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July 10th, 2018, 2:48 pm #1

I'm new to the world of atlatls, so I might not be using the correct terminology. I'm designing a logo that will incorporate a spear and an atlatl/spear and I want to make sure I have the size proportions and ratios down when they are side by side. I've already read on this forum that atlatl handle lengths vary but are somewhere on average of maybe 24". How long on average is the projectile (spear?) that you would throw with a 24" atlatl?

I'm designing a crest logo that will symbolize many things (to me) and will represent primitive humans and their relationship/bond with wolves and later dogs. I've spoken with an anthropologist (Pat Shipman from Penn State University, author of "The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction") to confirm that the primary hunting weapons used nearly worldwide at the time of the wolf-to-dog domestication process was the spear and atlatl. I want to pay homage to those early humans and what they've done for all future generations by giving us our "best friends" the dog in my overall crest design logo. This is a project for my Ambassador Wolf Educational Outreach project named counterWULF. My goal is to educate the public about that original connection and domestication and clear up misconceptions about wolves through conflict resolution and hands-on interaction with high content wolfdogs. Attached is my foundation animal, my low content wolfdog: Sir BEOWULF the Brave. 
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Bill Skinner
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Yesterday, 6:09 pm #2

Darts are usually about 5 to 7 feet.  Give or take.
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Tomas
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17 minutes ago #3

Hello

Here are some resources that might give some perspective as to the ‘average ‘ length of an atlatl dart. One is a 10,000 year old dart of 42” length...the other is a dart launched from a woomera that is of greater length.




www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2010/07/m ... weapon6135

All The Best

Tomas
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