SCOTT — Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park will host Sticks and Stones, a unique hands-on opportunity, for people to learn how to about prehistoric weapons.


Sticks and Stones will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at Toltec Mounds. Admission is $10 per person, according to a news release.


“Sticks and stones may break my bones, which makes them very useful for prehistoric weapon makers,” according to the release. “Spears, with tips made from sharpened stone, were the first weapons created by mankind. However, humanity has always striven to improve upon the technology of the past. The atlatl was one such advancement. It was a tool created to increase the distance a person could throw a spear.”


Hunting was a way of life and a learned art for ancient people, a spokesman said, adding that humans relied on tools such as the spear, atlatl, bow and arrow, blowgun, and others to survive for thousands of years.


The community is invited to join park staff at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park for the opportunity to learn how to use such weapons.


“Participants will make a spear and atlatl to take home. All materials are provided,” according to the release.


The activity is open to people ages 12 and up, however those under 18 must have an adult present. Reservations are required as space is limited.


Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is in Lonoke County, just southeast of Little Rock. The day-use park is dedicated to Native American education, research and preservation.


The park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.


Details: Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, 501-961-9442; amy.griffin@arkansas.gov; melissa.ray@arkansas.gov or http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/toltec/.