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A Brief History of Archery

  • It is believed that the bow was first used around 10,000 years ago.
  • The oldest known bow was found in Denmark and is about 8,000 years old
  • Originally used for hunting, bows were used in warfare by the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt
  • The crossbow came into usage in Europe and China around 500 B.C.
  • In Greek and Roman times, archers were used primarily for firing mass volleys against concentrated infantry
  • Around the 200 B.C., the composite bow was developed. It's smaller size made it ideal for firing from horseback
  • The Chinese developed a repeating crossbow around 200 A.D.
  • The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 demonstrated the power of the English longbow
  • The Scottish Parliament banned golf and other "frivolous games" in 1457 because it was distracting citizens from practicing archery
  • After firearms replaced bows for hunting and warfare, recreational archery groups began to appear in the late 1600s
  • In 1843 the first Grand National Archery Meeting was held in Kent.
  • Seven archery events were contested in the second modern Olympiad, held in 1900 at Paris.
  • No Olympic archery events were held after 1920 until the 1972 games in Munich.
  • Archery has been in every Olympiad since 1972, with South Korea winning the most medals.