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Lead Weighted Darts - Roman Plumbata

I just learned of another Roman weapon called the Plumbata.  The lead must make the impact much more damaging. 

The darts are about a foot or more long (12 inches or 30 centimeters).  

They can be thrown by hand like regular darts or from a slingshot instead of using a rock.



Turn up the sound to hear the swish of the dart.






Here they are mounted behind the shields.



6 comments:

  1. very often I see some "italian connection" and this is nice to me ! interesting John !
    ti auguro una buona giornata !

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  2. I enjoy your comments Massimo.
    grazie tu, buon pomeriggio

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  3. I am always willing to be taught something new, John...thank you~

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  4. that's quite the interesting roman weapn

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    1. They were quite clever. Maybe it was like an ancient hand grenade. I wonder if the modern hand grenade would be more effective with a sling shot. Probably not. The soldier would be too exposed, out in the open.
      Thanks for your comment. I'll put your site on my blog list.
      ~John M

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