From the crude spears discovered in the earliest traces of civilizations to the present state-of-the-art fighter planes, humankind’s development and weapons have gone hand-in-hand.

Weaponology travels back through generations of technology to track the evolution of these deadly instruments.

Premiering Wed., June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, this 13-part series chronicles the great leaps and bounds in weapons technology that have changed the course of history.

Weapons have progressed from catapults to laser-guided instruments, but the growth from early innovative weaponry to modern super weapons is not as simple as one may think.

Weaponology takes an in-depth look at how weapons are the result of a combination of ingenious inventions, lateral thinking, battlefield experience and sometimes sheer luck.