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First in war, first in peace ....
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 04, 2007

Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard brings an interesting article to my attention:
A German archaeologist has discovered evidence of what he is calling "Humanity's First War". The excavation at the ancient city of Hamoukar in Syria has turned up thousands of clay balls used as ammunition. The city dates back some 6,000 years.
Also found there were the remains of the first politician, a man archaeologists believe may have been the cause of the war.



[Yeah, I'm in a weird mood this afternoon.]
 
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I would imagine that Haliburton had the contract for the clay balls....No War for Palm Oil!
 
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From the article itself...
"It was not a little skirmish which took place here," said Reichel, who has been leading the dig since 2003. He spoke of a real "combat zone", to which the some 2,300 balls of clay discovered at the main part of the site bear witness.
OK, maybe not a little skirmish but the clay balls sound a lot like sling ammo. Sun-dried clay makes a remarkably dense projectile. (I had read a Scientific American article in 1973 about the sling as a weapon and made my own sling. I’ve actually made solid clay projectiles. They are sun-baked so they won’t crack while drying.)

The sling was a skirmisher weapon since it is difficult to maintain close ranks while spinning stones around. That includes the underhanded throw.

Since I lived on a dirt road growing up, it was easier to chunk rocks from the road into my neighbor’s pasture and trees.
 
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That looks like that may be a female pelvis.
 
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