Archery History

Archery in Human History

"The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind."  - Fred Bear

Exerting its influence on human development over a profoundly long time period, from approximately 25,000 BC to 1600 AD, archery is one of the most influential inventions in history. By greatly extending the effective lethal range over other weapons of the day, hunters were not only more successful, but also enjoyed greater safety hunting dangerous game. Thus, they were not only more likely to archery cave drawingprovide essential protein, calories and furs for themselves, their offspring, and tribal clan on a given hunt; but were also more likely to avoid injury and continue providing on future hunts.

Greater range also allowed archery empowered clans to migrate out of the dense forests into open plains and savanna - habitats that they were otherwise ill-equipped to master with previous weaponry such as spears, clubs, tomahawks, slings, and knives. The versatile bow and arrow allowed man, for the first time, to dominate landscapes he entered, harvesting the meat and furs of big game and predators.

Archery was a game changing technology in our nomadic past and remained a decisive military weapon until the widespread use of firearms in the 1400s.

As a result, it is highly likely that one or more occasions in the last 1200 human generations, the survival of one of your ancestors hinged on a particular arrow in flight finding its mark - to either satisfy a desperate hunger, or emerge victorious in battle. Thus, to learn archery is to experience a key element of one's own ancestral past.

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