Meadowcroft’s annual Atlatl Competition returns this summer!
Prehistoric hunters used a spear-thrower called the atlatl, a precursor to the bow and arrow, to hunt for food. The atlatl was carved from wood, antler, or bone and used to increase a spear’s force and velocity during the hunt for deer, elk, and other large animals.
Visitors of all ages can learn proper atlatl technique from Meadowcroft staff and try out the prehistoric spear-thrower for themselves, then and watch some of the world’s best competitors from the World Atlatl Association compete for high score.
Presented annually in partnership with the World Atlatl Association, the Meadowcroft Atlatl Competition will feature some of the world’s top atlatl competitors.
Throughout the day, Meadowcroft visitors can also explore three re-created historic villages and the prehistoric Meadowcroft Rockshelter.
Tickets and Admission
Tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are available for advance purchase online. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the Visitor Center depending on availability and capacity limits.
For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.