Town Creek Indian Mound to host “Archaeolympic Games”

Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site will host a celebration of ancient competition Sat., Jun. 6, during what it’s calling “Archaeolympic Games”. The day will include friendly contests including the disc and spear game called Chunkey, fire-making with bow-drills, cordage weaving and the popular atlatl throwing competition.

This sign marks the entrance to Town Creek Indian Mound, a North Carolina State Historic Site just east of Mount Gilead. (Town Creek photo)

This sign marks the entrance to Town Creek Indian Mound, a North Carolina State Historic Site just east of Mount Gilead. (Town Creek photo)

The games are scheduled to coincide with World Atlatl Day, established in 2011 by an international organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the ancient spear-throwing practice.

World Atlatl Day (WAD) was initiated by Linda Brundage and the New York Atlatl Association in 2011. Due to its popularity, the World Atlatl Association (WAA) membership voted to officially recognize the first Saturday in June of each year as World Atlatl Day.  An atlatl (pronounced at-latal or atal-atal) precedes the bow and arrow and is one of the oldest hunting tools known to man.

“Participants can play for fun or play to win.” says Site Manager Rich Thompson. Prizes will be awarded for highest overall male and female competitors in three age categories.  The fee is $5 to compete in all events.

The games will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Historic Site east of Mount Gilead. More information is available at 910-439-6802 and http://www.towncreekindianmound.com.

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