Was this ancient vessel a hand grenade? If so, it backs up a long-debated theory about weapons in the Crusades

Was this ancient vessel a hand grenade? If so, it backs up a long-debated theory about weapons in the Crusades

Was this ancient vessel a hand grenade? If so, it backs up a long-debated theory about weapons in the Crusades/ Much is known about life in the Middle East at the time of the Crusades, but one type of vessel still presents something of a mystery. These ceramic artefacts are called sphero-conical vessels – a term describing their shape – and hundreds have been unearthed across the region. By studying the residue inside, archaeologists have established they were used to hold beer, medicine, oils and fragrances. Some believe they were also used as ancient hand grenades. Now, a team from Griffith University say their latest research provides proof of this theory. Carney Matheson and his colleagues have been analysing fragments from four sphero-conical vessels found in the 1960s. They date …
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