The History of Archery

Archery is believed to be invented in the early Mesolithic and late Paleolithic era when it was primarily used for survival, including the hunting of animals for food, skin, and hide. This puts this ancient skill at about 9000-10,000 BC.

Before bows and arrows, ancient people were using spears for hunting. Archery made hunting not only easier but also more accurate. Several artifacts like early versions of bows and non-traditional make-shift arrows have been found in Egypt, Germany and other parts of the world.

Though it is considered an art and a popular form sports today, there was a time when archery was quickly losing ground in popularity. This happened mainly after the discovery of gunpowder and the subsequent rise of firearms.

Bows were no longer used as a weapon in wars. Firearms were quicker, more accurate and easy to carry and load. Although it went obsolete in warfare, fans were keen to preserve it’s long and rich history. Archery was mainly reduced to a past time.

Things, however, began to change in the 18th century when archery clubs were established to revive this long-forgotten art form. These clubs encouraged archers to participate in various events that were organized for the benefit of the sport.

Slowly, but steadily, archery began gaining prominence. Archery is now a popular sport and has found its place in the prestigious Olympic events. It is considered a matter of great honor to even can participate in the Olympic, and if you win, then you bring glory to your country and club.

Horace A. Ford is known and argued to be responsible for the revival of archery and the reason it developed as a modern sport. He successfully pioneered new methods of archery. He is also known to have worked tirelessly for improving the standards of archery and how it was perceived by the young generation.

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