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Tango0118 Jan 2024 5:24 p.m. PST

"Four Roman swords still sheathed in their wooden scabbards and one shafted pilum (javelin) head have been discovered in a desert cave overlooking the Dead Sea. The typology of the swords and the pilum date them to the first half of the second century. Archaeologists believe they were stashed there by Judean rebels who took them from Roman soldiers during the Bar Kokhba revolt (ca. 132-136 A.D.).

They were found two months ago by some seriously fearless archaeologists who climbed a high cliff face to photograph a Hebrew inscription of the First Temple period on a stalactite first found 50 years ago using multispectral imagery. To their astonishment, they spotted a pilum in excellent condition in a deep crevice in the rock. In an adjacent niche, they found wooden fragments which turned out to be the remains of a sword scabbard…"


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gavandjosh0218 Jan 2024 7:21 p.m. PST


Legionarius18 Jan 2024 8:15 p.m. PST

Very good. The weapon that forged an empire.

Dagwood19 Jan 2024 2:54 p.m. PST

The spearhead doesn't look long enough to be a pilum ?

But the real question is, what colour were the scabbards ?

Tango0119 Jan 2024 3:31 p.m. PST

A votre service mes amis…


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