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Timothy Potter




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Oct, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Egyptian sling article         Reply with quote

I am doing research on slings and how they are made, and I am looking for an article by E. M. Burgess titled An Ancient Egyptian Sling Reconstructed. It was published in the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society Volume II, No. 10 from June, 1958. Does anyone know any information on where I might obtain a copy of this?

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Oct, 2009 9:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh, have you seen this site dedicated to slings: http://www.slinging.org/

I only lurk on that site oaccasinally but it seems like people there might be able to help !?

Forums: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The only information I've been able to locate on-line is the abstract, which I'm sure you've already seen, but which I'm posting here anyway for the benefit of others. I know there are at least a couple of people over at Slinging.org that have had access to this article, so I'm not sure why it hasn't yet been made into a PDF - it gets asked for often enough.

Burgess, E. Martin.
An ancient Egyptian sling reconstructed.

The journal of the Arms & Armour Society 2 (1958), pp. 226-230 [English].

In the Flinders Petrie Collection at University College, London there is a sling of braided string in fragile state dated ca. 800 BC. The article describes a reconstruction in new string and explains how all the original plaits were made. Basically the sling was a diamond shaped pouch with cords at each end. The pouch was woven on a frame, the warps being double strings looped over pegs and the wefts being the split ends of the 20 strings in the two cords. The cords are each 22 inches long and are 10 part "square sennits". One cord tapers at the end and the other has a finger loop in the form of a nine-plait strap joined into a loop by passing some of the nine strings through a small five-plait loop at the end of the nine-plait where the 10 part sq. sennit starts. The reconstruction looked exactly like the original and would throw stones up to 100 yards without skill. All techniques are fully described, and the stages of production illustrated.

Abstractor: Ernest Buchholz
AATA Nos.:1959-21855 and 2-2034 (Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts)
BCIN No.: 106109 (Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network)
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Timothy Potter




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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies.

I'm a member at slinging.org, and I have seen the abstract before, but anyway, I really appreciate the responses.

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