Not sure how I missed this story back in August.
A centuries-old hand grenade that may date back to the time of the crusaders is among a host of treasures retrieved from the sea in Israel.
The metal artifacts, some of which are more than 3,500 years old, were found over a period of years by the late Marcel Mazliah, a worker at the Hadera power plant in northern Israel.
Mazliah’s family recently presented the treasures to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Experts, who were surprised by the haul, think that the objects probably fell overboard from a medieval metal merchant’s ship.
The hand grenade was a common weapon in Israel during the Crusader era, which began in the 11th century and lasted until the 13th century, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Grenades were also used 12th and 13th century Ayyubid period and the Mamluk era, which ran from the 13th to the 16th century, experts say.
Read more from Fox News.
(Photographic credit: Amir Gorzalczany, Israel Antiquities Authority)
Watch how suits of armor are constructed in this How It’s Made program, originally aired on the Discovery channel.
How It’s Made – Suits of Armor
Here is also an interesting article from the Scientific American on how medieval armor may have been more of a hindrance than a benefit on the battlefield: “Medieval Armor: Was it Worth the Weight?”
Though by the time combatants were wearing these heavy suits of armor, the knight had basically become obsolete with the increasing use of gunpowder-based weapons. As such, the knight decked out in his shining armor was more for show in tournament style displays than for actual, useful function on the battlefield.
*image is from Galerie des armes et armures, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, licensed under the Creative Commons Attriubtion-Share Alike license, uploaded by Mattes.
Broad groove running down the center of each side of some sword blades. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 248)
*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary
From the Ozark Medieval Castle Guide blog:
On tour at the Ozark Medieval Fortress, after seeing the full-sized trebuchet, guests often ask, “How far will that catapult throw a stone?” It is really common for people to get mixed up on the Medieval war machines. There is a big difference between a catapult and a trebuchet (and, for that matter, a ballista).
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“To bring director Ridley Scott’s battle for Sherwood Forest to life, designers had to re-create 13th-century weapons, from fire grenades to battering rams. Popular Mechanics goes behind the scenes with the creators of the new Robin Hood to see how it was done.”
It’s interesting that they made all of the longbows by hand using yew and ash and sycamore wood.
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