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Arrow head

Accession # MU435
Culture Unknown
Period Unknown
Date unknown
Provenance Israel
Material/s Flint
Collection Macquarie University History Museum
Source Macquarie University, MAC
rrow head. Images: Effy Alexakis
This flint arrowhead was most likely made on a flake and retouched bifacially. The bottom end is rounded, while rest of arrowhead forms a triangular shape, and the arrowhead itself has a grey-tan colour of varying shades. There is some chipping to edges of the arrowhead, which may reflect the wear of the arrowhead after having been used. Arrowheads such as MU435 are abundant in the archaeological record, attesting to the widespread use and production of arrowheads in ancient Israel. The arrowhead would have been the ‘projectile’ point - the functioning part of the arrow - and held different uses depending on the context it was found within. Some arrowheads are purely decorative, but more commonly they were used for hunting wild animals for prey in Neolithic times, and used as part of a weapon in a military context as early as the Bronze Age.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 6 Preliminary
      • Investigating Ancient History, The investigation of Ancient sites and sources
      • Features of Ancient Societies; Weapons and Warfare in Ancient Israel; Trade and Cultural Contact in Ancient Israel.
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option C Society in Israel from Solomon to the fall of Samaria
      • Social structure and political organisation, including; nature and role of the army (ACHAH126).
      • The economy, including; technology. Tools, weapons, (ACHAH132)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; leisure activities.
    • Stage 6 HSC Historical Period. Option C The Ancient Levant - First Temple Period c.970-586 BC
      • Israel and Judah in the Ancient Levant, including; Expansion of the population, trade and settlement in the region; changing relations between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah, 931 - 722 BC.
      • Foreign relations with Assyria and Babylon, including; the Assyrian conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel and its capital Samaria in 722 BC.
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Analysis and use of sources
      • Explain the meaning and value of sources for an historical inquiry (ACHAH007, ACHAH009)
      • Analyse sources to identify and account for the different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past (ACHAH010)
      • Analyse and synthesise evidence from different types of sources to develop reasoned claims (ACHAH008)
      • Identify and analyse problems relating to sources in the investigation of the past (ACHAH011)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical interpretation
      • Form judgements about historical significance
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical investigation and research.
      • Use evidence from a range of sources to inform investigation and research (ACHAH005)
  • Educational Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Barkay, G. (1992) “The Iron Age II-III”, in A. Ben-Tor (ed.) The Archaeology of Ancient Israel, New Haven and London. Pp.358-359.
    • Burian, F., and Friedman, E. (1985) “Dating According to Flint Arrowhead Types”, Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 8, pp. 57-61.
    • Cross, F.M. (1995) “An inscribed arrowhead of the eleventh century BCE in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem”, Eretz-Israel 23, pp.21-26.
    • Cross, F.M. (1995) “A Note on a Recently Published Arrowhead”, Israel Exploration Journal 45, pp. 188-189.
    • Tubb, J.N., (1980) “A bronze arrowhead with engraved mark from Gezer in the British Museum collection”, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 112, pp.1-6.

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