It is noteworthy that almost all the stones were the same in size: the average length was 52 mm, the width was about 321 mm, and the average weight was 60 g.
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have unveiled the oldest evidence of large-scale weapons production in the Southern Levant region. They discovered hundreds of nearly identical sling stones found at two sites – En-Esur, located in the north of the Sharon Plain, and En-Zipporah in the Lower Galilee, HeritageDaily writes.
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A team consisting of Dr. Gil Haklay, Enno Bron, Dr. Dina Shalem and others from the Israel Antiquities Authority carefully examined 424 finds dating from approximately 5800-4500 BC. e., during the Early Chalcolithic period.
What is striking is that almost all the stones were the same in size: an average length of 52 mm, a width of about 32 mm and an average weight of 60 g. According to experts, such similarity indicates large-scale production of weapons more than 7 thousand years ago.
“The stones, which were intended to be thrown from a sling, have a special bi-conical aerodynamic shape that ensures accurate and efficient throwing,” the archaeologists say. “Similar artifacts have been found in other places in the country, mainly from the Hula Valley and the Galilee in the north to northern Sharon, but This is the first time they have been discovered during excavations in such large numbers together.”
“These stones are in fact the earliest evidence of warfare in the southern Levant. The similarity of the finds indicates large-scale industrial production. The efforts made to create an aerodynamic shape and smooth the surfaces of the stones indicate that they were intended as precise and lethal weapons,” they note. researchers.
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The large number of these stones strongly suggests a collective effort, indicating possible joint preparations for conflict. The find indicates a transition from individual to large-scale weapons production during the Early Chalcolithic period, marking an escalation in preparations for war.
The discovery sheds new light on ancient civilizations, revealing how societies of the time engaged in industrial weapon production. The implications are profound and provide insight into how early societies may have approached defense and conflict resolution.
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