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Each soldier from the Hastati and Principes lines carried two javelins.

This heavy javelin, known as a Pilum (plural "pila"), was about two metres long overall, consisting of an iron shank, about 7 mm in diameter and 60 cm long, with pyramidal head, secured to a wooden shaft.

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The peltasts, usually serving as skirmishers, were armed with several javelins, often with throwing straps to increase stand-off power.

The iron shank was either socketed or, more usually, widened to a flat tang .

A pilum usually weighed between two and four kilograms, with the versions produced during the Empire being somewhat lighter.

Seven spear-like objects were found in a coal mine in the city of Schöningen, Germany.

Stratigraphic dating indicates that the weapons are about 400,000 years old.

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