Archaeologists discover a crude ancient weapon that could kill a man with a single blow

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When an ancient wooden club was yanked from its watery grave in the River Thames in England many months ago, archaeologists didn't quite know what to make of it. The crude weapon, which is thought to have been made sometime between 3530 and 3340 BC, doesn't really look all that impressive, but those studying it still wanted to get an idea of how it might have been used. After making a full-sized replica for testing, it's been determined that the unassuming tool could actually dispatch a human in short order, and perhaps even with a single strike.

In a new research paper published in the journal Antiquity, scientists investigating the weapon and its origins took the extraordinary step of carving a replica for testing. The original, which has begun to fall apart over its several thousands of years of life, is being preserved, but its stand-in demonstrated just how devastating it might have been.

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