Sand Dune Cave in southeastern Utah was excavated in 1961 by a Museum of Northern Arizona team under J. Richard Ambler (Lindsay et al. 1969) and produced some notable Archaic and Basketmaker II finds. One was a classic Basketmaker type atlatl, one of the best preserved we have. The original publication included some photos and a diagram of the complex finger loops; Hunter (1992) reproduced the diagram and has a good drawing of the whole atlatl. The atlatl is currently on display in the Museum of Northern Arizona, but detailed photographs have not been available. Thanks to the cooperation of MNA, we were able to examine and photograph the Sand Dune Cave atlatl in the summer of 2008.
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