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Slingstones from Danebury
Sep 26th, 2009 at 9:48am
 

This is a couple of photos snapped from the TV showing some of the 11,000 slingstones recovered from the caches at Danebury Iron Age Hillfort. As you can see, they are not small!



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Re: Slingstones from Danebury
Reply #1 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 9:50am
 

This is a fired clay sling shot, viewed end-on. It is the same shape as the stones above.
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Re: Slingstones from Danebury
Reply #2 - Sep 27th, 2009 at 3:56pm
 
how about adding a pic of the ones you picked up Smiley
here's a video of a couple I picked up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxRd4ssDhiU
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Reply #3 - Sep 27th, 2009 at 6:28pm
 
Okay... left to right, the first two are from Chesil beach, the brown one is from Danebury, the golf ball is from Tesco and the clay bullets  are made by me. The stones we were finding in the path at Danebury were not as big as the ones shown on TV. Different colour too.
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Re: Slingstones from Danebury
Reply #4 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 3:32pm
 
How do you distiguish a historical sling stone from other round shaped stones at Danebury. Do they still smell like a leather pouch or the blood of the injured warrior?  Roll Eyes

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Re: Slingstones from Danebury
Reply #5 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 3:49pm
 
lol not exactly.

To start with danebury is chalk and flint.
What we were finding were obviously non-native. All the same colour, shape and size. Many with regular striations on them where they had been shaped.

Plus they were the right size, shape and weight for a hand sling and flew really well.

One of slingbadgers books (he bought a load lol) says that many of the stones were from a stream about 30 miles away.

But the brown ones we were finding were just too regular and unusual to be anything other than slingstones - particularly given the history of the fort.
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Re: Slingstones from Danebury
Reply #6 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 4:10pm
 
I sent you ll the pertinent info from the book. Lord knows when you'll get it. There is also a microfiche I have to look at that tells the composition of the stones, etc.
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Reply #7 - Oct 3rd, 2009 at 5:00am
 

The ground at Danebury is a thin layer of turf on top of white chalk. The footpaths are made of crunchy angular flint gravel with occasional beautiful round stones that were just begging to be slung.

It is quite possible that these modern paths were surfaced with gravel trucked in from quarries miles away which would squash the theory that these are actual iron age slingstones as used by Danebury folk. This is why I noted that the slingstones shown on TV that came from the gate caches, were quite a bit bigger that the ones we were finding in the path.
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