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Monday, November 27, 2017

Ancient weapon unearthed in north Africa

This ancient weapon unearthed in north Africa (Sudan) is made from the jawbone of the donkey or ass. Although these weapons were present in the paleolithic, this particular one dates from the PPNB (Pre-Pottery-Neolithic Period B). At this period of time that animal was not known to be domesticated in North Africa or the Fertile Crescent..

There is a record of one being used by the Israelite Sampson (Judges 13-16) in his mercenary-type exploits against the Sea-people or Philistines in the Hebrew Bible which may reveal that the use of it as a weapon occurred in the Levant as well as North Africa.