Ranged Weapons

The Bow and Arrow

The bow and arrow was an extremely common hunting tool in virtually every culture, and was adopted for warfare in Central Mexico by at least the 12th century AD.


Spanish and Tlaxcalan soldiers assault an Aztec position. The archer depicted in the top right of this battle appears to be lightly armed with no armor. From the Lienzo de Tlaxcala.



The Atlatl

The Atlatl was a dart launching tool used by the Aztecs in warfare.


Typical stance assumed when throwing a dart. Source: http://associations.missouristate.edu/mas/macquest/desk/atlatlindex.htm