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Feb 11th, 2016 at 2:34am
 
From a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New York city, a bunch of lead bullets from Cyprus (Cessnola collection). Most are of the familiar type (about the size of your first thumb-joint), and must weigh about 30g (one is broken). One, however, is much bigger, and might weigh 150+g. It might have been used with a sling as a super-slug, or, perhaps, as Tracy Rihll has proposed, for use in a catapult or similar war engine.
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Reply #1 - Feb 11th, 2016 at 12:23pm
 
That's for taking down elephants and not even breaking a sweat!
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Reply #2 - Feb 11th, 2016 at 6:27pm
 
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Reply #3 - Feb 12th, 2016 at 2:51am
 
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Reply #4 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 7:32am
 
staff sling maybe ?

150gm might be heavy for a lead sling bullet, but it's still well within the weight range most slingers can use in  ahand sling without hurting themselves.
Hell it's lighter than just about all the stones the balearic guys use Smiley

And it would great for a staff sling.

I'm guessing it'd be for taking down armoured troops or mounted troops - that'd cripple a horse no matter where it hit.
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Reply #5 - Feb 17th, 2016 at 3:30pm
 
Ich suche slingstones in Form eines tropfen.  Gibt es Bilder?
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Reply #6 - Feb 17th, 2016 at 6:49pm
 
Nie gesehen ! Nur eichelförmig
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Reply #7 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 1:48am
 
Doch es gibt sie. Auf einer Seite rund, die andere Seite spitz.
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Reply #8 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 2:04am
 
Ich kenne nur die Rugby-ball-förmigen ! Tropfenförmigere erwarte ich auf Photographien zu sehen, wenn du solche hast.
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Reply #9 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 2:28am
 
Ok
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Reply #10 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 2:35am
 
Diese Form. Wie eine Birne
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Reply #11 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 3:15am
 
Thearos gefunden.
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Reply #12 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 7:16am
 
Ach ja, richtig, die in Syrien gefundenen, aus Ton geformten. Werde auch mal kucken.
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Reply #13 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 1:15pm
 
Es gibt sie auch aus Stein.  Ich sah sie auf denn Balearen
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Reply #14 - Feb 24th, 2016 at 10:22am
 
Never understood the use of the almond shaped cross section.
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