Friday, 7 August 2015
Military History Photo Friday: Ancient Egyptian Sling
As I mentioned in my last Travel Tuesday post, I recently visited the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. It's absolutely chock full of great artifacts and doesn't have the crowds of the much better-known British Museum.
Here you can see a sling that may have been used for hunting or war. The dirty one is the original , alongside a reproduction and the loom on which the repro was made. In the right hands, a sling was a deadly weapons. Soldiers didn't wear much armor beyond a shield in those days, and so were vulnerable to a stone flying at them at high speed. I made myself a sling when I was a boy and while I never got very accurate with it, I could throw with a dangerous amount of force. Imagine what an ancient soldier could have done!
For a bunch more Egyptology pics, check out my article on the museum at Black Gate.