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Every cultures arsenal is based on the technology and raw materials available at the time Prehistoric peoples often called the Stone Age cultures made wide use of stone shaping axes and grinding tools and creating spears and arrows in order to promote their survival As technological skills evolved so did the type of implements used for survival During the Bronze and Iron Ages we see the development of metal tools and weapons which persisted through the Middle Ages which were dramatically altered over time Finally the appearance of gunpowder in Europe in the early 14th century brought about the obsolescence of many weapons - and made the castle useless as well While the castle was arguably the most formidable weapon of medieval warfare when we generally think of weapons we think of something much smaller movable and able to wreak havoc and death on an opponent During the early Middle Ages double-edged swords axes and metal-headed spears dominated Short bows and arrows were also used Interestingly the Saxons considered the value of a sword to be the equivalent of 120 oxen or 15 male slaves and any man possessing a sword had great status Simple to construct and easy to wield these weapons remained popular in various forms throughout the Middle Ages And by the 9th century the Vikings adopted another formidable weapon - the battle-axe with its trumpet-shaped blade and wreaked all sorts of havoc with these heavy axes As the first millennium approached new and more devastating weapons appeared First and foremost was the crossbow a vicious device still used in
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