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September 13, 2003

Gunpowder

Contemporary science is surprised at the efficacy of medieval gunpowder:

A mixture of charcoal, saltpetre and sulphur - the recipe for gunpowder used by Edward III's gunners as his armies rampaged across France in the 14th century - equalled the explosive force of the 20th century version, Robert Smith of Britain's Royal Armouries told reporters.

"At the moment we are a bit gobsmacked at how good the medieval gunpowder is," he said at the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. "It is almost as good as modern gunpowder."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 13, 2003 11:29 AM

Comments

Humanity continues to underestimate the intelligence and motivation of ancient peoples. While they had a much smaller knowledge base to build their technology, they were every bit as intelligent and throrough in producing equipment as ideal for the job as they could manage.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at September 13, 2003 02:28 PM