Atlatl throw scheduled for Saturday

PNT staff

Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology, Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, and Mu Alpha Nu Anthropology Club will host the eighth annual Blackwater Draw Atlatl Throw on Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site.

The site is located along State Highway 467, about six miles north of Portales and one mile north of the turn to Oasis State Park.

An atlatl is a primitive spear slung from a sling-shot-like device.

The competition will include a target round and an International Standard Accuracy Contest.

Registration and practice will start at 9 a.m. with the target round beginning at 10 a.m. The ISAC round will take place in the afternoon.

There will be categories for men, women and children, and prizes for the top finishers in each category.

Information: David Batten, 562-2750 or