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September 16, 2015

20th Annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship to be Held at Chimney Point

The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, turns into a competition ground on Saturday, September 19, 2015, for the 20th annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship. Turn back the clock thousands of years and participate in or watch a competition using an atlatl (pronounced "attle-attle"), which is an ancient spear-throwing tool. Contestants will demonstrate their prowess in accuracy and distance shooting throughout the day. Demonstrations and discussions on flint-knapping (making tools out of stone), Native American pottery manufacture, spear point hafting, atlatl making, and craft sales will take place throughout the day.

The event is a highlight of September's Vermont Archaeology Month. Demonstrations run from 10 am to 4 pm; competition registration starts at 10:30 am. The admission fee is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15. The competitor fee is $6.00 with pre-registration, or $7.00 on the day. Please call 802-759-2412 to register.

For those interested in designing their own atlatl, or spear-thrower, the 20th annual atlatl workshop will take place on Friday, September 18, from noon to 5:00 pm with Robert Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl. The $65 fee includes materials, instruction, and coaching. At the conclusion of this workshop you will walk away with your own atlatl and three fletched darts! Pre-registration required.

For more information about this event, please go to the Vermont Archaeology Month Facebook page (, the Vermont Archaeology Month web page (, or the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites webpage (

Contact: Elsa Gilbertson,, 802-759-2412

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: September 16, 2015 12:51:50