History of the Bow

The History of the Bow goes back past documantary. But the bow and arrow appears around the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Mesolithic. After the end of the last glacial period, use of the bow seems to have spread to every continent, including the New World, except for Australia

The oldest extant bows in one piece are the elm Holmegaard bows from Denmark, which were dated to 9,000 B.C.E. High performance wooden bows are currently made following the Holmegaard design. The Stellmoor bow fragments from northern Germany were dated to about 8,000 BCE, but they were destroyed in Hamburg during the Second World War, before carbon 14 dating was available; their age is attributed by archaeological association. Microliths discovered on the south coast of Africa suggest that arrows may be at least 70,000 years old.

The bow was an important weapon for both hunting and warfare from prehistoric times until the widespread use of gunpowder in the 16th century. Organised warfare with bows ended in the mid 17th century in Europe, but it persisted into the early 19th century in Eastern cultures and in tribal warfare in the New World. It has recently been used as a weapon of Tribel Warfare in some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa; an example was documented in 2009 in Kenya when Kissi people and Kalenjin people clashed resulting in four deaths.

The British upper class led a revival of archery from the late 18th century. Sir Ashton Lever, an antiquarian and collector, formed the Toxophilite Society in London in 1781, with the patronage of George, the Prince of Wales.

Or so says many sources including: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_and_arrow

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