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Preserving Peace Weapons

About the exhibition

Among the oldest weapons of mankind are slings. They are easy to make, easy to carry and the ammunition can be found everywhere. Shepherds use them until today to lead their herds and fend off wild animals.

Persian, Greek and Roman armies had specialized slingers who not only used stones as ammunition, but also lead bullets or even fire bombs. But also in the ancient Mesopotamian warfare standardized bullets made of clay were used, as this excavation find shows (No. 500).

The range of slingshots is determined by the fabric of the sling and the material of the bullets. It is assumed that an experienced slinger can hit his target precisely at a distance up to 100-150 m. But the modern world-record is 437 m with a 52 g-stone!

Almost as old as the slings are bows and arrows. They date back to at least 15000 BC, but are probably older. The small arrow-head made of stone from Tall Zaidan (No. 785) witnesses the use of bows and arrows long before the invention of metal weapons.

Bronze knifes or daggers were valuable possessions and were often buried with their owners.

No. 500 Hoard of sling-bullets. Probably Tall Munbaqa. Baked clay. L: 5,1 cm
No. 785 Arrow-head. Tall Zaidan. Stone. L: 2,4 cm; W: 0,9 cm; Th: 0,4 cm
No. 763 Knife/Dagger. Tall Sabi Abiad. Bronze. L: 14,8 cm; W: 3,8 cm
No. 784 Knife. Tall Munbaqa. Bronze. L: 11,4 cm; W: 3,1 cm