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ancient slingshot was as deadly as a .44 magnumancient slingshot was as deadly as a .44 magnum

by:Kenwei      2019-08-30
About 1,900 years ago, on a solid hill in Scotland, the Roman army attacked local fighters and threw lead bullets from a sling with almost modern power.
44 magnum pistol according to recent experiments.
The attack appears to be deadly and effective because the local fighters are only equipped with swords and other simple weapons, said John Reid, a researcher and co-researcher at trimonique Trust.
Head of the archaeological field work in Burnswark, southern Edinburgh.
It is quite certain that the locals on the top of the mountain are not allowed to survive.
But Burnswark was only the first attack on the restless tribes living north of the hadrian Wall.
Despite the sophisticated weapons of the Roman soldiers, they seem to be in trouble in Scotland as they fight a tough, witty enemy who can melt into hills and swamps.
The Romans attacked the fort and occupied part of the Scottish Low. Less than two decades later, they retreated south to the Hadrian Wall.
It began to look like Romeo in Afghanistan, Reid said.
Roman soldiers armed with hangers used these lead bullets to destroy the enemy.
Skilled batsmen can hit smaller targets than people from 130 yards away.
Reid and colleague Andrew Nicholson, an archaeologist at the Dumfries and Galloway Commission, began studying Burnswark five years ago in the hope of discovering new clues to what happened on the scene, including the remains of two Roman camps.
At that time, Scottish archaeologists divided their interpretation of the site.
Some think the Roman army used the fort as an ancient shooting range and training camp, while others think the fort was a scene of a long siege.
To clarify the painting, Reid and Nicholson decided to look for traces of ancient Roman ammunition in the fort.
American archaeologists successfully used metal detectors at the site of the Battle of Little bighhorn to locate buried bullets and shells and map the fighters on the battlefield.
So Reid and Nicholson decided to try something similar in Burnswark.
As a first step, the researchers learned to calibrate the metal detector so that it could distinguish the lead in the ancient Roman sling bullets from other metal products buried in the scene.
Trained metal detectors then combed the hillsides and mountaintops of burnswark hill, generating more than 2,700 clicks, which Nicholson carefully recorded and plotted.
Then the team-
The discovery was confirmed by digging five small trenches.
The excavation found more than 400 Roman sling bullets displayed by metal detectors, as well as two spherical sandstone missiles called ballista balls.
It turns out that 94% of the metal detector hits is actually a Roman bullet.
Archaeologists have discovered two spherical sandstone missiles, called ballista balls, launched by Roman artillery.
It was impressive that the team began to analyze the location of the metal detector impact to get a better idea of what happened.
They found the concentration of lead bullets throughout the 500 range. yard-
The southern city wall of Fort Scotland is right above the camp in Rome.
This is exactly what we expect from the siege attack, Reid noted.
Second, the smaller focus is on the north, along the escape route that could be a defensive failure.
The Slingshot in Rome will cause a lot of damage.
Recent experiments in Germany show that,
The interception capacity of the gram Roman bullet thrown by the trained slinger is only slightly less than that of a.
44 Magnan bullets from the pistol.
Other tests show that a well-trained Slinger can hit smaller targets than humans, 130 yards away.
This is the exact distance from the front wall of South [Roman]
Reid noted that the camp is located at the front wall of Hillburg.
The Romans also used an unknown psychological war to intimidate the Scots and destroy their resistance.
During the inspection of the bullet, Reid and Nicholson noticed that a small hole was deliberately made in nearly 10% of the ammunition.
Confused, the team copied the copies and asked an experienced slinger to test them.
The bullet with the hole made a strange female demon.
It\'s like mourning, Nicholson said.
So you will hear these unworldly, unnatural sounds that you have never heard before, and people will fall on both sides of you.
Comparative isotope studies of Burnswark and other well bullets
The website of the date indicated that the bloody attack occurred in A. D.
140, as early as the reign of Roman Emperor Anthony Pius.
Reid said he was a new emperor and needed a military victory somewhere.
By taking a typical violent attack in Burnswark, the Emperor may want a quick success at the northern border to conquer difficult tribes.
Fraser Hunt, an archaeologist at the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh, said the new study was very aggressive and exciting.
He believes that Burnswark now raises the new question that the Romans may have created for themselves when building the Hadrian wall and building enemies in the Scottish tribe.
Hunter said that the similarities in Afghanistan are interesting because one of the problems that the empire faces when dealing with \"warlord societies\" is that they often get stuck and cause them not to know the problems they cause.
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