UnCategorized Ancient Aztec weapons belonged to a class of their own; each was employed for a specific purpose. Their martial strategies were meticulous, .plex and highly traditional. Archeological findings reveal a lot about the weaponry culture of the Aztecs, unfortunately much of their history is lost. The Manquahuitl is the best known weapon of the Aztecs. This weapon also called macahuitl can be .pared to a sword; it was a formidable close contact weapon. Manquahuitl came in two varieties namely: one handed and two handed versions. They were usually designed from wood, preferably oak and were about 3-4 inches long. They were embedded with the obsidian rocks in the edges. The maquahuitls were incredibly strong, and the Spanish claimed they could chop the head off a horse with one blow. They were sharp and the Aztecs knew how to use them. They could not thrust like a sword, and so they lent themselves to a different type of warfare. The maquahuitl could be used as a club, but other types of clubs were used. The cuauhololli was a mace made of wood with a ball at the end. It could be used to smash and crush. Various other types of clubs were .monly used, sometimes just made of wood, other times with embedded stone as the maquahuitl. Spears and lances:Another .mon ancient Aztec weapon was the spear. They were extremely sharp, and sometimes over 7 feet long. They didn’t have a small point as many spears you may be familiar with, but a blade a foot wide made of smaller stone blades. Theses spears were known to pierce the Spanish armour, and were sharp enough that the warriors could use them to shave. They are called tepoztopilli. Spears were used in Mexico long before the Aztec empire. The atlatl was a spear throwing device, used for longer distance .bat. As you can see, the atlatl was used in other parts of the world and is still used today. The Aztec artists often drew the gods with atlatls in their hands. Darts were used made from oak, single pointed with obsidian, flint, or even copper or bone. The propelled darts tended to be more powerful than arrows. Atlatls often had a symbolic significance, and some were made with great artistry. One was given to Hernan Cortes by Motecuhzoma II. Bows, known as tlahuitolli, were .mon as well. The bows were 5 feet long, and the arrows (yaomime) were pointed with flint, bone or obsidian, and kept in a quiver (mixiquipilli). As with all their weapons, the Aztecs were very skilled in using the bow and arrow. It is believed that the arrows could fly 450 feet or more. Another devastating ancient Aztec weapon, the sling was made with fibers from the maguey plant (latin agave americana). The slings (tematlatl) were used to send stones flying toward the enemy. They were thrown so powerfully and accurately, that they could do significant damage to a soldier in full metal armour. The Aztec warriors were often well prepared for .bat and came armed with sharpened stones. These stones were used as missiles and could be propelled by slings for upto 650 feet. Often effective than the arrows. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: