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Vermont Archaeology Month

ADDISON Step back thousands of years and try your hand at making and throwing an atlatl, a spear thrower used for hunting around the world before the advent of the bow and arrow. On Friday, Sept. 14, champion atlatlist Robert Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl will present his atlatl-making workshop at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison from noon to 5 p.m. The afternoon includes making your own atlatl, making and fletching three field darts, and coaching from Berg on the use of your new equipment. Berg also will demonstrate modern construction techniques, flint-knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making from natural materials. A delightful and insightful teacher and story-teller, Berg has taught primitive skills and the atlatl for 16 years. This is his twelfth year at Chimney Point. The $65 fee covers all materials, instruction, and admission to the museum. Pre-registration is required. For a form, call 802-759-2412 or see: www.HistoricVermont.org/chimneypoint/atlatl. This is part of a three day Twelfth Northeast Annual Open Atlatl Championship-Sept. 14 -16, and is a highlight of September's Vermont Archaeology Month. The museum, housed in a historic tavern, is located at the foot of the Champlain Bridge in Addison at the junction of Routes 17 and 125.

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