Houston Museum of Natural Science

Hands-On Classes for Adults: Atlatl Workshop: Stone Age Spear Slinging

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

09:00 AM

Students will journey into prehistory by literally chucking the past! Experimental archaeologist Dr. August Costa will introduce students to the science and prehistory of hand-cast projectiles and biomechanics of their use.

Participants will build their own cane dart and learn how construct throwers. After instruction on using the Stone Age spear-throwe--the atlatl, participants will fling full-scale replicas at stationary targets. The class will culminate in a tournament competition, with a sharp grand prize.

About the Class

This class is limited to 12 participants. No participants under 16 years of age. Minor participants 16-18 must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Advance registration is required. This class will be held offsite at Buffalo Field Archery Club. Map and direction will be sent to all those registered prior to the class.

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  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Holiday hours may differ. Please check www.hmns.org/visit/hours-and-pricing for information.
  • Public - Adult $59.00
    Public - Senior (62+) $59.00

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $30 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

Our dining program features two locations serving up a broad range of cuisine—everything from hamburgers to artisan sandwiches.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.


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