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The history of Korean Archery

Korean archery and how it unfolded. By Robert Neff Prior to the introduction of matchlock rifles, the bow was the quintessential Korean weapon – especially the pyeonjeon. The pyeonjeon was, for the most part, an ordinary bow except it utilised

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The history of the composite bow

Jan H Sachers glues up a history of composite bow Over the course of history, composite bows have been built and used in a stunning variety of shapes and sizes. But they all have one thing in common: rather than

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Neolithic Yew Bows from the Alpine Region

Jan H Sachers digs up the past Roughly 12,000 years ago, a climatic change in Europe led to higher average temperatures, warmer summers and generally beneficial conditions for a great variety of fauna and flora to prosper. Plants and animals

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Archery at The World of Stonehenge exhibition

Taking archery to the grave. By John Stanley The British Museum in London is currently holding an exhibition called The World Of Stonehenge, which is open until the middle of July 2022. There’s less in there about the titular monument

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The Dawn of Archery: Mesolithic Bows from Denmark and Northern Europe

The finds that changed history. By Jan H Sachers, MA Even today’s archaeology, with its sophisticated modern technology, cannot answer the question: when was the bow first invented? It is, however, an established fact that the arrow pre-dated the bow

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An aid to accuracy: the history of bow sights

Hugh Soar takes a look back at the history of bow sights When today’s competitive archers glance at the gold through the lens of their chosen bow sight, they may be forgiven for not reflecting upon the antecedence of these

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The Battle of Agincourt: revisited

On the 606th anniversary of archery’s greatest military victory, Kristina Dolgilevica reconsiders the Hundred Years’ War and asks, was Agincourt a success? The significance of a battle can be judged upon two criteria: first, its internal strategy and tactics, and

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Olympic Archery: The Early Years

Jan H Sachers takes an in-depth look at the history of archery at the modern Olympic Games. The Olympic Games of antiquity were held every four years from at least 776 BC to AD 393, when these ‘vulgar’ pagan displays

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The history of archery attire

What to wear on the shooting line? Something fashionable, of course. By Jan H Sachers.  La Belle Assemblée was an early British women’s magazine published from 1806 until 1837, when it was merged with the Lady’s Magazine and Museum. and

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Long distance shooting – a brief history

A very short history of long distance shooting. By Jan H Sachers. Targets have changed a lot throughout the history of archery. From birds to butts, from boards to bosses, archers everywhere have always proven very creative when it came

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