New analysis of ancient jars suggests use as explosive weapon

By Amalyah Hart
Updated May 2 2022 - 12:51am, first published May 1 2022 - 6:00am
Conico-spherical jars are found throughout the Middle East in archaeological contexts dating between the 9th-15th centuries. Picture: co-author Robert Mason, Royal Ontario Museum.

A new analysis of residue in ancient ceramic vessels from 11th and 12th century Jerusalem has found that the jars may have had a more sinister purpose than storage.