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POLL: Were Sumerian Chariots Viable in Combat?


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Sadwargamer writes:

Thurlac – surely you are only quoting the references to approx 2700 to 2300?

There are further references during the same period for 2 Wheeled carts (eg: Cylinder Seal from Sumer, Copper model from Tell Agrab, Votive plaque from Ur and another from Khafajah) and as you move past 2300 through 2000 (akkadian and neo-sumerian) there are further sources – for example from the reign of Narim Sim 2254-2218 three cylinder seals found at Nagar show 4 wheel carts trampling enemy…there is also further evidence of 2 wheeled war carts and 4 wheeled non military

In addition to the artistic and textural reference you make there are archaeological sources in the form of actual chariots (although somewhat decayed) from Kish, Ur and Susa

So overall I do believe there are many more than 8 references to the humble war cart from more than 4000 years ago.

I agree with you though the actual use in battle is still somewhat unclear.

Regards
Andy

References:
Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600BC william J Hamblin
The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands Yigael Yadin)


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
yes
52
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no
21
17%
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not sure
36
29%
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no opinion
15
12%
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never heard of Sumerians before
1
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

The ancient Sumerians are known to have possessed vehicles - sometimes today referred to as "chariots" and "straddle cars" - which are believed to have been harnessed to equids (animals similar to donkeys). The famous Standard of Ur depicts Sumerian chariots in the context of war, although their precise role remains unclear.

Rules designers and wargamers have long been arguing what the proper role of these "war wagons" might have been - including a recent debate in the pages of Slingshot magazine. Were they capable of charging into combat? Did they merely transport rulers around the battlefield? Or something else entirely?

Do you believe that the Sumerians used their equid-drawn vehicles as viable weapons of war on the battlefield?