Made of obsidian, hardwood or bone, Olmec javelins are able to pierce the toughest protection at range.
The use of a thrower in tandem with a javelin is an ancient practice that appears to have existed as early as the Paleolithic era, and was still in use in central American cultures up until the arrival of the Spanish. This weapon was not only extremely popular, but also extremely lethal. In the form of a stick between 50 and 70 cm long with a handle at one end and a hook on the other, the javelin thrower gave the user additional leverage that increased both the range and the velocity of impact of a projectile (lance, javelin, assegai, etc.). With a tip made of obsidian, bone, or hard wood, javelins thrown in this manner became lethal weapons capable of piercing through even the best protections.