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Jul 7th, 2021 at 6:17am
 
This has probably been on here before, but these French blog posts detailing a possible ambush site where hundreds of sling bullets were rained down on two crossing points. As it says, it's not a confirmed ambush (no bodies were found, just the bullets), but it is a pretty compelling argument that's presented. These sorts of scenarios must have played out thousands of times throughout history as it's the perfect use for a sling. Surprise attack on a group that is concentrated in one area: the perfect ambush.

https://nicolas-constans.net/2014-02-18-un-guet-apens-en-bord-de-seine-a-lage-du
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Google does a pretty good job at translating it. Here is a bit more about the bullets themselves:

https://nicolas-constans.net/guet-apens-de-lage-du-bronze-quelques-complements/
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Reply #2 - Jul 8th, 2021 at 3:19am
 
I even commented on that topic! Man, my memory is terrible Cheesy
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Reply #3 - Jul 9th, 2021 at 5:11am
 
Hello,
I did a study on the size of these slingstones, with the agreement of the archeologists. For the moment, they have not yet published all their works. So, I'm not talking about.
Archeologists are exciting people but they don't yet have experience in the sling. I think they have not yet realized the richness of their discovery.
I thank them very much and I learned a lot with them and their scientific approach.
I let you know and all your comments will be welcome.
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Reply #4 - Jul 10th, 2021 at 4:24am
 
Excavations began in 2010 or 2011. The goal was to study 10 000 years of evolution on the banks of the river. The discovery of the "village" of the bronze age is a coincidence.
I don't know if the excavations are finished but in 2019 and 2020, archeologists work about it.
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Reply #5 - Jul 10th, 2021 at 10:23am
 
That's amazing to hear! I can't wait to see what you have to say on it. Glad I rediscovered this now Cheesy
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Reply #6 - Jul 11th, 2021 at 3:30am
 
Of what I understood, on the same site, the archeologists have discovered :
a fort on the river to protect from Viking invasions.
the "village" of the age of bronze.
a neolithic occupation.
a paleolithic encampment.

Today, it's an aggregate quarry.
I find that absolutely crazy.
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Reply #7 - Jul 14th, 2021 at 12:19pm
 
are those chalk glandes ?

Also very interesting that they were glandes and not spheres.
http://itools.com/tool/google-translate-web-page-translator

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Quote:
archaeologists have reached forty to eighty meters
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lol and that's why archaeologists should always go and find an actual slinger whistle

So soaked chalk.
Interesting.
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Reply #8 - Jul 15th, 2021 at 11:20am
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Jul 14th, 2021 at 12:19pm:
are those chalk glandes ?

Also very interesting that they were glandes and not spheres.
http://itools.com/tool/google-translate-web-page-translator

Just post the links there.

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archaeologists have reached forty to eighty meters
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lol and that's why archaeologists should always go and find an actual slinger whistle

So soaked chalk.
Interesting.


I wasnít too surprised about the shape, the biconical shape has evolved independently in a number of places (Mediterranean, Oceania, West coast of North America, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, and this). Thatís just what I know of off the top of my head
Who knows if there are more?
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Reply #9 - Jul 16th, 2021 at 8:25am
 
Yes, this is chalk, Curious Aardvark.
Hirtius, everything you can find on the Net is approximatively already quoted on this forum.

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Reply #10 - Jul 16th, 2021 at 8:29am
 
This photo is very interesting.
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Reply #11 - Jul 16th, 2021 at 10:27am
 
Any idea what weight those chalk glandes are.
both dry and when soaked ?

Also, how long would a soaked chalk glande stay wet and heavy for ?

Would you need to launch the ambush from somewhere you had† a supply of water. Or could you soak them in the morning and still use them wet in the afternoon and evening ?

That's the sort of thing archaeologists should be finding out Smiley

Anyone live near chalk downs or a chalk cliff ?
I don't think there's anything around the english midlands.
But would love to see how the above experiments work out.

It's been brought up on the forum before about unglazed clay being soaked before use.
Don't think anyone has done the weigh and soak experiments on that either.
Or if so i definitely missed it.

be interesting to know the ins and outs of using soaked ammo though.
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Reply #12 - Jul 20th, 2021 at 3:19am
 
I live two hours away and I haven't found the opportunity to go yet. Probably later.
For the picture :
there are two biconic : one with a neat finish and one with a raw appearance.
and three egg-shapped : one with a neat finish and two with a raw appearance.
All these slingstones were used and it's an important detail.
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Reply #13 - Jul 20th, 2021 at 11:50am
 
Wish we had stones around here that weighed enough to sling effectively but could still be easily shaped. We have tons of clay and virtually no stones. Im also curious as to how much they weigh in comparison to something like granite.
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Reply #14 - Jul 21st, 2021 at 7:29am
 
Try making some unglazed fired glandes Morphy, and see if you can soak some weight into them.

Harden them off in a normal oven or BBQ.
Our ancestors would most likely have put them in a fire, not an actual kiln. So shouldn't need real high temperature curing.
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