Most People seem to agree that we cannot and do not want to go back to the past, but the reason given is often wrong; that time has moved on and what was can never be again. The truth is that we cannot go back to what we never left. Our home is the earth, our time the Pleistocene Ice Ages. The past is the formula for our being.
(Paul Shepard)

Monday, 2 July 2012

World atlatl day and the Prehistoric archery champs UK

 The howling winds screaming round my house now (2nd of July) will be bringing yet more rain tomorrow in the season we call "summer". However Wakan Tanka obviously loves the fact that we are slowly remembering the old ways of stick and stones (and spears) and granted us good weather for the PAAS (prehistoric archery and atlatl society) Prehistoric archery championship 2012 and World Atlatl day.
Mr Medlock
 World atlatl day was hosted by Steve Medlock in Dawn Wood in Sussex. We assembled an elegantly sized team and were quite happy with the results. The event was held at the same time as some kind of lizard monster celebrated 70 years or so of oppresion and thieving from the British people which kept some folks away.
 The results were;


(from what has been turned in)


New York vs Pennsylvania - New York by default (no show Pa.)
Wyoming vs Texas - Wyoming 193 Texas 84
California vs New York - New York 185X California 184


Ohio 208
Wyoming 193
New York 185X
California 184
United Kingdom 156
Connecticut 141 (did 2 man teams)
Arizona 88X (did 5 man teams)
Texas 84

there are still results to come in but that is not such a bad showing from ol' blighty. You see we can do well (when no-one turns up).
Throw IT!
 There is a nucleus of a northern group of atlatl throwers based in the North West of England if you are interested in throwing contact me directly and I will pass your details on. It would be nice to get two UK teams for next year and have ISACs held in several British locations.
fire by friction at the champs
 The Prehistoric champs was the second time thsi popular event has been held at Magna Cart Field Archers. The atlatl made its usual distracting appearance and proved hugely popular yet again, we left many with the bug much thanks has to go to the fantastic Wayne Wells of New York state who came over to see us. His company was a complete delight and he was instrumental in giving excellent tuition on the atlatl range and being hugely supportive for those who wanted to know more. Food was yet again of the highest quality with plenty of game and assorted evil smelling liquors being passed around in the evening.
 The winners of the archery shoot were Brenda Boulton and Ian Watkins who went home with fantastic hand made (in the good way!) prizes donated by Jutta Stiller and David Sinfield.
 This very popuar event was sold out (again) and will hopefully continue to attract more of the wonderfully relaxed and skilled archers and bowyers present this year. Needless to say there is continued talk of an atlatl course and even contest for next year.

 The next ISAC is planned for the 22nd of July and I believe it is to be held at Dawn Wood. Obviously given that we live in a hurricane we can expect to get no practice in at all! Contact me for details of Northern meets and I will pass your details on.


  1. If you have no objections, I would like to re-post this on the World Atlatl site on Facebook.
    Linda B.

  2. HI Linda,
    That would be great I can possibly dig up somme better photos if you would like them

  3. Hi

    Is there anywhere in the UK that sells atlatl's?