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Apr 4th, 2015 at 7:02pm
 
S. Kirkpatrick Smith, "Skeletal Evidence for Militarism in Mycenaean Athens", Hesperia Supplement 43, New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece (2009), pp. 99-109, at 105-6:

Skeleton AA 134, 19-year old male, with two healed wounds by edged weapons to head (left hand side, typical of injuries sustained in hand-to-hand combat btw right-handed fighter), and one non-healed, hence probably fatal wound: a terrible depressed fracture to the right parietal. Could be sling-stone, though it could also be a hand-thrown stone.
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Reply #2 - Apr 5th, 2015 at 9:41pm
 
Shouldn't a sling stone impact cause more visible damage to the skull? Perhaps he was wearing a helmet.
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Reply #3 - Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:02am
 
To many variables. Distance, velocity, size, helmet. Thats why it says possible sling stone.
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Reply #4 - Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:54am
 
I think (having looked a very little bit at skeletons showing battle trauma) that the fracture is pretty massive, and the fact that you can see the outline of the stone pretty much excludes a helmet.
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Reply #5 - Apr 6th, 2015 at 12:25pm
 
Okay I was looking at the wrong bloody photo. Skeleton AA 134 I see what you guys mean. Ya that really could be a wound from a slung rock. I didn't flip the darn page!  Undecided

I've heard of Roman medical records describing how to surgically remove slung projectiles from flesh. Does anyone know where I can maybe find some literature on that or in similar nature?

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Reply #6 - Apr 6th, 2015 at 1:28pm
 
There's some discussion here

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1364149076/3#3

with the passage of Celsus quoted. There is an article on the subject by a medical historian called Moog

http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1363529531

though his conclusions are debateable
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Reply #7 - Apr 7th, 2015 at 1:55am
 
Could very well be a wound from a sling stone from a distance.
From up close, a well pulled shot can do more damage,even lodging the stone into the skull.
It could also be the mark of a pommel of a bronze sword, or a stone mace.
My 2 cents..
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