There is evidence that bows and arrows were used some 60,000 - 70,000 years ago, not only for hunting for food but also as a combat weapon. In most cases it superseded the spear as the arrow could travel faster and for longer distances than the spear, therefore enabling man to bring down a fast-moving animal or an enemy at a greater distance.
The medieval armies had huge amounts of archers indeed nearly all the civilizations on earth have used the bow and arrow at some point in their development. Classical civilizations, notably the Assyrians, Greeks, Armenians, Persians, Parthians, Romans, Indians, Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese fielded large numbers of archers in their armies, together with those of the America's.
The bow and arrow have mainly now been superseded by the firearm. However, they have evolved over time, not only in design and materials, but also in the way they are used today, in competitions and for recreational purposes.
It was great fun learning how to use a bow and arrow safely and correctly, it was well supervised with great instruction. The event was rounded off with a visit to a local restaurant for any enjoyable meal. An event that maybe organised again in the future.
Photos courtesy of WBro Russell Harwood