Atlatl Days and Knap-In at Hammonasset State Park
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine
Hammonasset State Park, Madison, CT
No registration required – FREE admission and parking!
Open to all ages; Atlatl activity is limited to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Museum and Archaeology Center, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, and the World Atlatl Association are pleased to offer our Annual Atlatl Days and Knap-In as a part of the 2010 Native Skills Celebration at Hammonasset State Park! There will be ongoing amateur contests where you can try using the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing tool that predates the bow and arrow, in addition to sanctioned ISAC (International Standard Accuracy Contest) atlatl competitions, a World Atlatl Association Championship, and an Intercollegiate Championship. Additional activities will include nature programming, touch tank programs, exploring edible plants, Native American games, campfire stories and stargazing by Meigs Point Nature Center. Visit a re-creation of a Native American village and see demonstrations by noted ancient technologist and artist Jeff Kalin, and watch modern flint-knappers demonstrate the manufacture of stone tools at the Knap-In. Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and the Museum of Natural History & Archaeology Center will sponsor a real archaeological dig with a display of artifacts that will be open to the public.
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