FURTHER READING Charvat, Peter. The conception of Ningišzida as a reliable god is obvious from his name. The earliest form of the sword came from Mesopotamia around the start of the 2nd millennium BC. It is believed that the Sumerians invented this important weapon sometime around 2500 B.C. topped with a bear figurine. It carried a crew of two and required four onagers to pull it. Finally, the Akkadian kings fought wars far from home in the mountains of Elam and against the Guti farther north. The Suomen Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force). The Archaeology of Weapons. But even if each state could field only sixty such vehicles, a powerful ruler, such as Lugalzagesi, who controlled all southern Sumer, could field over 600 battle cars in a major engagement by drawing on his vassal states. The scene is religious, since the chariot is drawn by four eagle-headed lions (griffins) rather than horses. The average Sumerian solider was armed with a spear, dagger, or sickle sword. The introduction of this lethal and revolutionary weapon may have occurred during the reign of Naram Sin (2254-2218 b. c. e.), Sargon’s grandson. window.document.write("