Two items which have escaped me in my collecting are 1) a Roman catapult stone from the siege at Masada and 2) a 10th Legion sling bolt from the same.
ROCKS? ARE ROCKS AMMUNITION?
YES, the rock is the father of all ammunition and was the ammunition of choice for years too many to know from the distant past.
These are the only actual rocks in my collection. I do have a stone cannon ball but that is far too big to count as a mere rock.
The siege of the Roman 10th Legion on the remnants of the final rebellion of the Jews in 71-72 AD at the desert fortress called MASADA is a quintessential story of determined adversaries.
These stones were recovered at the site.
Stones of this size were exchanged over and over by sling and reused by both sides.
The “standard” sling projectile of a Roman legion was a lead football shaped bolt about an inch long often marked with the number of the legion. The 10th was marked with an “X”. When these were spent a rock of the size shown was just as good for area targets or point targets if one was good with the weapon.
I displayed these for years in my ammunition display and never went home without being asked once " how do you know the fellow who you got these from didn’t just pick them up in his yard and chuckles behind your back each time he thinks about it?"
The fact is in any universe of religion or philosophy a man’s integrity is his only earthly prize. Goods exchanged in good faith are the responsibility of both parties and I obtained these in a good faith exchange. (see below)
FAST FORWARD ABOUT 2000 YEARS;
Not far from the site of the siege at MASADA this current ancestor of those early stones is being made. This is an Israeli SIGMA electronic fuze. It is for a mortar shell or a rocket- not identified yet and is state of the art in fuze design.
DOCUMENTATION FOR STONES: Jon Cohen