Town Creek to host “Atlatls & Archaeology” this weekend

Town Creek Indian Mound is inviting visitors to come to this weekend’s “Atlatls & Archaeology” event.

This composite image illustrates the use of an atlatl (left) and a live archaeological dig at Town Creek Indian Mound, a State Historic Site near Mount Gilead, N.C. (TCIM image)

This composite image illustrates the use of an atlatl (left) and a live archaeological dig at Town Creek Indian Mound, a State Historic Site near Mount Gilead, N.C. (TCIM image)

“Atlatl” is a name of Aztec origin, used to identify a variety of Native American throwing sticks, including devices used for launching spears, darts and other projectiles. The weapons were important tools for hunting in the Pee Dee culture, and the Town Creek State Historic Site will host a friendly competition as part of the day.

There will also be hands-on activities for kids, some set around a live archaeological dig going on now at Town Creek.

“Atlatls & Archaeology” will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., June 7, and all are invited. More information is available at 910-439-6802, or online at http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

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