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Hooked spear throwers

Hooked spear throwers made from reindeer antler were in use between about 17,000 and 13,500 years ago. Many were magnificently decorated perhaps reflecting both the durability of this weapon and the status of its owner. Used to propel a spear with greater force than can be achieved by a hand throw, there are two main types. One is a stick with a hook at the end and the other is described as weighted because the hooked part is heavier making it more effective. Both forms may have been inserted into wooden handles when complete.

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