Mammoth of Montastruc


Spear thrower carved as a mammoth. Late Magdalenian, about 12,500 years old. From the rockshelter of Montastruc, Tarn-et-Garonne, France.  Carved from a reindeer antler, spear throwers came into use about 18,000 years ago in western Europe. They consist of a straight handle with a hook at one end. The bottom of the spear fits against the hook and the spear shaft and spear thrower handle are held together with the hook end by the shoulder. Launching the spear in this way sends it with more force and speed and across a longer distance than if it was simply thrown by hand. From British Museum