History of Archery

Archery is one of the most ancient sports in history.



By: Jimmy Mendoza, Journalist

A bow is a long and flexible staff with a short string attached to the staff’s two ends, which is why the staff is bent. An arrow, however, is a shaft with feather-type vanes. When an archer holds a bow with one hand braced against it and the other hand gripping the string, they pull back on the string, which stores potential energy that is later used when the archer releases the string, where the potential energy is converted into kinetic energy.

In case you are wondering, bows and arrows are typically used for hunting and target shooting. Bows and arrows are more ancient than you think, they were used as early as 50,000 years ago by indigenous tribes in every part of the world (except for Australia), especially in Egypt and China. Bows and arrows are not only used for hunting or target shooting but they are also used for sports in ancient cultures.

Bows were primarily made of any springy material, such as bamboo, wood, etc. Surprisingly, bowstrings were made of animal gut. However, different types of bows made of different materials vary depending on the culture. For example, Native American and Asian bow makers include reinforcements for this weapon.

Now let’s focus more on arrows, like I stated, they were normally made of wood shafts. Arrows are tipped with arrowheads shaped from flint, hardwood, bone, horn, etc. During the third century B.C., weapon makers experimented with iron and steel on arrows, which then produced an all-metal arrow.

Fun fact, archery is believed to be one of the oldest sports in the world. The word archery originated from the Latin word “arcus”. Bows and arrows play a vital role in warfare and hunting purposes.

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