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Adventures into the Past

April 30, 2014

 

Before we go any further, I'd like to share a website which I recently found that may be of interest to you.  It's hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and features some real good info that fits right into our discussions here.

 

This site fascinates me.  It adds a lot of background information to what I'm trying to promote.  Not just the tools and weapons they used,  but a little insight into the way of life required for our ancestors thousands of years ago.  It was tough.  And they obviously rose to the occasion or we wouldn't be here. At least not as we know us now.

 

This site shows some of the methods of survival including the use of some of the tools that I am in awe of, study and love to duplicate. I can and like many of you purists do, make and use some of the tools and techniques shown here.  (I've never ran a herd of buffalo over a cliff though. lol!)  I HAVE made and used an Atlatl, an improvement of the spear and an early precursor to the bow and arrow. I've killed deer with my primative arrows, skinned and field dressed them with a flint knife and finally, cooked, smoked and eaten them.  But I didn't HAVE to.  They did.

 

Anyway, there's not a lot of information on this site regarding the details of making those tools. That's what this blog is for. But I do  hope it helps you understand a litte better how tough it was and maybe gain a bit more appreciation for some of the tools we're going to be talking about later in this blog.

 

Here's the link....it's slow but fun to browse.

(Be sure to check out the 'Fantastic Facts' link at the top)

 

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/kids/hunting/index.html#main

 

As usual, your comments are welcome.

 

Mudd

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