Mysterious Ceramic Jars Could Be 900-Year-Old Crusader Hand Grenades

The remains of a spherical-conical ceramic vessel found in Jerusalem that researchers suspect was used as a hand grenade during the Crusades. (Image credit: Robert Mason, Royal Ontario Museum)

A fragmented ceramic container discovered in Jerusalem may be an early version of a hand grenade that warriors used during the Crusades around 900 years ago, a new study suggests.

The researchers studied fragments of flasks known as sphero-conical vessels — small rounded vessels with a pointed end and an opening at the top. The sphero-conical shape was a common design for ships in the Middle East at the time, the researchers said in a report. demonstration. Containers were used for a wide variety of purposes, including for storing oils, medicines, and mercury, for drinking beer, and more.

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