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Nov 23rd, 2018 at 7:15am
 
Hello,
If you look for " guet-apens en bord de seine" with Google, you find a french website.
More of four hundred slinstones made with chalk during the age of bronze in Normandy (France) had been found by archeologists.
I do a work about them. And so, as soon as possible, I say you the results.
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Reply #1 - Nov 24th, 2018 at 9:56am
 
It will depend on how dense the chalk is.  If it is light and crumbly, it may come apart in the cast or throw.  If it is of the same density as the chalk used to draw and write with on chalkboards, it should work fine.  Plus, it would be easy to shape by grinding, and if it stays together, it can be given additional weigh by soaking in water for a period of time.

So, it would make rather good ammunition for hunting something like birds, waterfowl, marmots or possibly for herding animals and driving off predators from the same flocks or herds. 

The ammunition would be made with the expectation that it would be used only once, so it would probably be rather roughly shaped to make the projectiles roughly the same shape and size.  Chalk is rather soft, so a lot of projectiles could be made rather quickly.
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Reply #2 - Nov 24th, 2018 at 1:59pm
 
If it's used for target shooting it would leave a good mark on whatever you're throwing at as well so you can see your accuracy.
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Reply #3 - Nov 26th, 2018 at 4:50am
 
Hello,
Chalk is a hard stone. For exemple, the castels of the LOIRE valley had made with chalk. And many houses also.
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Reply #4 - Nov 26th, 2018 at 4:52am
 
Sorry for the size of the photo. It is more large.
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Reply #5 - Nov 26th, 2018 at 7:03am
 
limestone, not chalk. probably a translation issue.
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Reply #6 - Nov 26th, 2018 at 4:02pm
 
Still, limestone can be made much softer by soaking, so small chunks can be ground to size and shape.  And weight.  It will just take longer to amass a large supply of ammunition.
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Reply #7 - Nov 27th, 2018 at 4:19am
 
Hello,
Chalk is a limestone (general word) like Sandstone.
The density of chalk is between 1.4 and 2.2. It's depend the site. For exemple, the density of concrete is 2.2, (2.5 for armed concrete).
It's possible in the nature, find crumbly chalk but it's possible also find compact chalk.
Until I read this archeologic discovery, I search on the net what is chalk in reality.
Today, I think chalk is a good stone to make ammunition.
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Reply #8 - Nov 27th, 2018 at 5:14am
 
My English is not perfect.
It isn't "until I read.." but "since I read..."
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Reply #9 - Nov 28th, 2018 at 6:59am
 
Hello,
I think ; use the unbranded word : limestone or use the geologic word : chalk isn't important.

The only important thing is the real stones. I'm not a geek but at this adress, you can see a photo of them.
https://www.inrap.fr/des-traces-de-pas-millenaires-en-normandie-13086
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Reply #10 - Nov 29th, 2018 at 6:01am
 
Hello,
The archaeologists find a site of violent confrontation. They think that because they find more four hundred slingstones in two fords.
The time is at beginning of the bronze age, ( about 2000 before Christ).
People lives on a island on the river Seine. They had built a "village" with a "landing stage" and a bridge. There were also two fords at the other side of the island.
Archaeologists think today, people wait that the adversaries cross the fords to bomb them. Walking with the feet in the water is difficult and it's the good moment to bomb the group.
This is an abstract for the members who don't read french.
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Reply #11 - Nov 29th, 2018 at 11:28am
 
that website is also in english Smiley
what article am I looking for ?
got it - link to the article in english: https://www.inrap.fr/en/millennial-footprints-normandy-13107
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Reply #12 - Nov 30th, 2018 at 6:20am
 
I would think that they would shatter on impact.
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Reply #13 - Dec 1st, 2018 at 12:24am
 
This is an interesting article. I wonder why the inhabitants used slings instead of (or more extensively than) bows or other missile weapons. They put a lot of time and effort into making these glandes so the sling wasn't a convenient weapon for them to use. The best explanations I can think of are: 1. They didn't know how to make/use or other missile weapons (unlikely); 2. Making other missile weapons was far more labor intensive (e.g. because the materials were difficult to obtain); 3. The sling was a more effective weapon for their purposes; 4. Cultural/historical reasons. Of course, it could also have been a combination of factors.
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Reply #14 - Dec 3rd, 2018 at 5:14am
 
Hello, Slingbadger, Curious Aardvark, Shale and the others.
The photo shows the most beautiful of the bullets.
There are two splinters upside the stone. This shape like an egg is solid. The reason is geometric. But I'm not able to explain well. Perhaps, one of you ?
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