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Stratigraphic dating indicates that the weapons are about 400,000 years old.
The excavated items were made of spruce (Picea) trunk and were between 1.83 and 2.25 metres long.
There is archaeological evidence that javelins and throwing sticks were already in use by the last phase of the lower Paleolithic.
Seven spear-like objects were found in a coal mine in the city of Schöningen, Germany.
While the Triarii were still armed with the hasta, the Hastati and the Principes were rearmed with short swords and heavy javelins.
This marked the first recorded occasion in ancient Greek military history in which a force entirely made up of peltasts had defeated a force of hoplites.
A fossilized horse shoulder blade with a projectile wound, dated to 500,000 years ago, was revealed in a gravel quarry in the village of Boxgrove, England.
Studies suggested that the wound was probably caused by a javelin.
The thureophoroi and thorakitai, who gradually replaced the peltasts, carried javelins in addition to a long thrusting spear and a short sword.
Javelins were often used as an effective hunting weapon, the strap adding enough power to take down large game.