The early grenade would have been filled with Greek fire, sealed and hurled at an enemy, a weapon common in Israel from the 11th to 14th centuries CE.
It was used during the Crusader, Ayyubid and Mamluk periods, according to the IAA.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Cue the Holy Hand Grenade jokes
A RELIC: Crusader-era grenade dug out of central Israel home. Family shows metal artifacts retrieved from sea by late father, including knife-head some 3,500 years old (Sue Surkes, Times of Israel).