Syria's history of chemical warfare is 1.7K years oldBreaking News
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Amid all the uproar over chemical weapons in Syria comes this surprising revelation: What could be the earliest archaeological evidence of chemical weapons was uncovered in the country — and it is some 1,700 years old.
A mixture of sulfur and pitch combined with fire was the first way humans gassed their enemies, explains Discovery News.
It dredges up 2009 findings by British archaeologist Simon James, who asserts that such a poison gas was used during a siege on the Roman-controlled city of Dura-Europos around AD 256....
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