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did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?

 
Anonymous Coward
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did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?
so I watch this History Channel show today "Ancient Aliens" and it was suggested that ancient aliens taught ancient cultures how to make weapons such as swords.

did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Aborigines make swords?
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Re: did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?
None of those people made swords. The ancient alien show is garbage.
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Re: did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?
None of those people made swords. The ancient alien show is garbage.
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nuh uh! it's not garbage.

it's awesome.

best show on TV by far.
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Re: did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?
the making of metal requires an evolutionary leap not made by primative people.

It requires the identification of suitable rocks, crushing the ore, heating it (smelting) to a tempreture much higher than your average camp fire, then fashioning the molten metal into a tool either by cast or repeated hammering (anvil, furnace).

This technology was beyond the development of the Australian aborigines, and indeed beyond most cultures.

The Japanese, Chinese and Western Europeans seem to have done it.......not many others.
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Re: did ancient Native North and South Americans, Africans, and Australia's Aborigines make swords?
Metallurgy was in its infancy in most of those cultures. Iron and steel require a bit more work and knowledge over melting gold and other soft metals.


The Aztecs had long blades - knives, but not true swords as what we would consider from Asia and Europe.

Most of their blades were obsidian.

Spears, daggers and bow and arrow along with other thrown weapons (such as the boomerang of Australia).
Aside from the Aztects and other MesoAmerican large cultures, warfare was far more subdued than in Asia and Europe. Owning to far less warmaking, the push to develop better war weapons just really wasn't there.

Hunting weapons definitely were needed. Hunting animals did not put that much of a strain to learn how to make better weapons either. It is not like the animals are going to be in a weapons race with you, unlike competing tribes and kingdoms always in search of new and more deadly ways to kill.
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