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Metal: Bronze Date: 500-1000BCE
Description: Arrow Head
History: Luristan bronzes, including this arrowhead, refer to items dating from roughly 1000 BCE that have been excavated since the late 1920’s. Though the specific creators of these superior bronzes are unknown, scholars believe they were created by either the Cimmerians or by such related Indo-European peoples as the early Medes. Little is known of this ancient culture, but the most impressive traces are that of the bronze artifacts they left behind. These include highly decorative equipment for their horses, ceremonial containers and numerous weapons ranging from simple utilitarian pieces to elaborate masterpieces of warfare.
Part of the difficulty in attributing these weapons stems from their ancient popularity; even in antiquity, the surrounding cultures recognized the superiority of Luristan weapons because of their quality, balance and durability. These were highly sought-after by warriors of many cultures for use in combat throughout the Near East.
The same types of arrowheads were used in the Greek armies and all throughout the ancient world until sometime in the beginning of the Common Era.