Ancient Military History: The Romans Secret “Terror Weapon”
I never really understood why the Romans failed to developed (given their mechanical expertise at ballistae) a truly good, reliable, high velocity bullet thrower that they could have used frequently in combat.
It seemed they were always right on the edge (with their heavy combat technology) and never quite got there.
Archeologists have unearthed a set of Roman lead sling bullets which were used against the barbarian foes in Scotland. The bullets were found to make a piercing whistle noise when hurled through the air, a sound thought to have been used to strike terror in their enemies 1,800 years ago.
According to an article published recently by LiveScience, the bullets were discovered at Burnswark Hill in southwestern Scotland. The find was made during the excavation of a field where a massive attack of the Roman army took a place in the 2nd century AD.
The excavation work was led by John Reid of the Trimontium Trust, a Scottish historical society which is directing the first major archaeological investigation of Burnswark Hill site in 50 years. The bullets weigh about 1 ounce (30 grams) and had been drilled with a 0.2-inch (5 millimeters) hole. The researchers believe that…
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