By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
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Oldest Surviving Spear

Oldest Surviving Spear

When: 350,000 BCE
Note: 400,000 to 300,000 BCE
From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -350000
Post Date: 07/09/2021
14,000 Generations Ago

Homo heidelbergensis: Long spears made hunting large animals more safe. The oldest wooden spears found so far were found in Germany and dates to circa 400,000 BCE. In fact, they are currently the oldest known wooden artifacts. The find included 3 wooden spears, stone tools, and the butchered remains of more than 10 horses.

These spears have the same qualities as modern tournament javelins and can be thrown over 200 feet. The workmanlike qualities of the heavily worked wood were similar to modern javelins where the heaviest thickest part of the spear, the center of gravity, is in the front third.

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