The history of civilization parallels the development of weapons and war. Before the dawn of civilization, war likely consisted of small-scale raiding. One half of the people found in a Nubian cemetery dating to as early as 12,000 years ago had died of violence. Since the rise of the state some 5,000 years ago, military activity has occurred over much of the globe. The advent of gunpowder and the acceleration of technological advances led to modern warfare. Weapons have always played a crucial role in society, moulding and changing the course of history. They have destroyed civilizations and created new ones. These posts look to document the changes in warfare and weapons and how these technologies led to the modern world.