The first primitive firearm existed in the 12th century, but only in the 17th century did guns and cannons become the main weapon on the battlefield. The French invention of the flintlock made firearms more reliable. After that, all states sought to standardize the firearms of their armies, increase their rate of fire and make an uninterrupted supply of ammunition. Continue reading
Archaeology magazine summed up the outgoing year and made a rating of the most significant archaeological discoveries and finds.
1. The composition of the blue paint of the Maya is disclosed. This Maya paint painted captives intended to offer sacrifices to the gods. This discovery belongs to an anthropologist from Vyton College in Illinois Dean Arnold. He analyzed the remnants of a substance in a sacrificial cup stored in the Field’s Chicago Museum of Natural History. According to the scientist, the paint was made from indigo leaves and clay. Continue reading