throwing stick

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A throwing stick is a weapon for killing rabbits and other small mammals such as prairie dogs. It can be thrown long distances or used as a club to kill or stun prey and was used by men and women for hunting, both on foot and later on horseback.

The morphology of the throwing stick varies; the two most common types are a straight make-shift throwing stick made from dry oak or juniper branches. The second is a more carefully constructed curved stick with round grip and a stone-ground flattened body. There are other types beyond these two but they are less common.

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"Throwing stick in marsh hunt along the Nile in a life-after-death scene, Tomb of Nebamun, circa 1350 BCE" by is licensed under Public Domain.

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