Afghanistan arrowheads from the Bronze Age


These are some delicate leaf-shaped and elongated rhomboidal arrowheads from Northern Afghanistan. Such weaponry is not typical for the Neolithic cultures of this region, but becomes only important during the Bronze age. In fact, arrowheads are the only flint artifacts reported from the Bronze Age of Central Asia. They have been found together with rich bronze tools.

There are no full analogies to our arrowheads from a securely dated context. Similar implements in Central Asia are known from the Zaman-Baba and from the Murghab Oasis, the settlement of Sarazm, Tajikistan.

In 2003 Lee et al published the flint arrowheads from Altyn Depe site, Southern Turkmenia. Reviewing this publication gives a nice overview about this type of flint-tool after the “Stone Age”.

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3 Responses to Afghanistan arrowheads from the Bronze Age

  1. Remy says:

    I have acquired 4-5 of those arrowheads as well in Mazar e Sharif. I was told tehy are from Balkh province. Which is Northern Afghanistan. Also I have acquired some bronze rings ,Make up tools and pendants. I always assumed the stone heads where much older than the bronze ones. Interesting this. Thanks.

  2. Sue says:

    Correction. It looks like this site is near Abha, south west Arabia. Just north of the border with the Yemen near the west coast. In many ways that makes it even more intriesteng. These folk were weaving, grinding grain and doing something with horses in 7k BC. Wonder what the Yemen was up to? I wish that area was more peaceful so folk could get in and have a proper look.

  3. clint watson says:

    I have 100 or so of it legal to sell.i bought them from a store in Kabul that deals in mostly fakes ,but they do have some real antiquities.I carried them through customs there and the US and nothing was said.

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