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Assyrian sling ammo from the British Museum
May 21st, 2009 at 5:31am
 
This is a cameraphone snap from a mate who was in the British Museum recently. He saw this and thought "Oh, Dave will like this...."

Its Assyrian, and the shot are about the size of a lemon.


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Reply #1 - May 21st, 2009 at 8:17am
 
The first artificial pre-Greek sling ammo I've seen. Thanks! Do you know whar they are made of? Clay? Surely not lead, I presume?
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Reply #2 - May 21st, 2009 at 10:16am
 
Is that the same display that's in the historical images gallery?

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Re: Assyrian sling ammo from the British Museum
Reply #3 - May 21st, 2009 at 10:16am
 
Fundibularius wrote on May 21st, 2009 at 8:17am:
The first artificial pre-Greek sling ammo I've seen. Thanks! Do you know whar they are made of? Clay? Surely not lead, I presume?


Try this for even earlier sling ammo....  http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/070118/hamoukar.shtml

I am assuming they are clay. I tried looking for them on the BM website without success: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research.aspx
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Re: Assyrian sling ammo from the British Museum
Reply #4 - May 21st, 2009 at 10:22am
 
Timothy Potter wrote on May 21st, 2009 at 10:16am:
Is that the same display that's in the historical images gallery?

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So it is, well spotted! http://slinging.org/index.php?mact=Album,m5,default,1&m5albumid=4&m5returnid=53&...
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Reply #5 - May 21st, 2009 at 1:18pm
 
David Morningstar wrote on May 21st, 2009 at 10:16am:
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Try this for even earlier sling ammo....  http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/070118/hamoukar.shtml



Wow, that is impressive! Never heard about it, I must admit. Shame on me.
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Reply #6 - May 21st, 2009 at 5:00pm
 
Are the BM ones simply round stones ?
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Re: Assyrian sling ammo from the British Museum
Reply #7 - Oct 20th, 2009 at 6:17pm
 

These are the items in the BM online database:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_resu...

Another pic of it that I found online and snaffled:

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Reply #8 - Oct 20th, 2009 at 6:25pm
 
Many of the Hamoukar  are 21/2 inches in diameter, and show deformities ranging from being flattened slightly to being mushroomed. The constant bombardment, along with fire, is thought to have brought the walls down.
  It is currently the earliest known evidence of slings used in warfare.
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Reply #9 - Nov 23rd, 2009 at 8:56am
 
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“The attack must have been swift and intense. Buildings collapsed, burning out of control, burying everything in them under vast piles of rubble,”


Incendiaries, probably slung.
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Reply #10 - Dec 18th, 2009 at 10:48pm
 
I have just one question: does anybody have any idea how old are these stones, as it says on the photograph.
To say Assyrian means from the 20th to the 7th century BC. The period could explain why on the BM link there are only flint bullets, and flint is the third hardest stone there is (right after obsidian and diamond).
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Re: Assyrian sling ammo from the British Museum
Reply #11 - Dec 21st, 2009 at 8:53pm
 
ShuKoon Deda wrote on Dec 18th, 2009 at 10:48pm:
I have just one question: does anybody have any idea how old are these stones, as it says on the photograph.
To say Assyrian means from the 20th to the 7th century BC. The period could explain why on the BM link there are only flint bullets, and flint is the third hardest stone there is (right after obsidian and diamond).


According to the information on the British Museum website, the stones came from Lachish. The siege of Lachish by the Assyrians occurred in 701 B.C.

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