Grab your toolbox, take a ride to Poverty Point

Published 11:58 pm Friday, April 1, 2011

Poverty Point State Historic Site will host one of its tool demonstrations Sunday, and one of the most popular items, rangers say, is something really simple — but with a funny-sounding name.

“The atlatl was used as a spear and thrown at animals,” ranger Norene Sellers said. “A flat rock was sometimes put on the end of the atlatl to give it more power.”

That and other items found at the site, located east of Monroe on Louisiana 577, about an hour and a half from Vicksburg, will be explained in Sunday’s sessions, which begin at 1 p.m. and run hourly until 4.

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Also shown will be a grubbing hoe, “which looks much like ours,” said Sellers, “but it has a shorter handle.”