Scott Brian, a graduate student of Archaeology at BYU, has made several reconstructions of a macahuitl (I’ve also seen this spelled macauhuitl or macuahuitl), the ancient Mesoamerican weapon that can be described as a wooden club with sharp obsidian blades. Another term that can be legitimately used is “sword” – a term the Spaniards used when they faced this fearsome weapon that could cut better than metal swords. (See my LDSFAQ page on metals and weapons in the Book of Mormon.) Thanks, Scott! Beautiful work.
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