Archery is the one of the art, sport, practice, or a skill of using a bow for shooting arrows. The word is originated from the Latin arcus. Historically, archery has also been used for hunting and combat.
But unfortunately we have witnessed that this game is one of the least popular games. In modern times, it is importantly a competitive sport and a recreational activity. A person who has participated in archery is typically known as an archer or a bowman, and a person who likes or fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes known as a toxophilite.
The oldest known evidences of arrows has come from the South African site of Sibudu Cave from where the remains of bone and stone arrowheads have been seen dating approximately 60,000-70,000 years ago. Based on some of the indirect evidences, the bow also seems to have appeared or reappeared in Eurasia that is near the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Mesolithic.
The earliest definite remains of bow and arrow that has come from Europe are possibly the fragments coming from Germany and were found at Mannheim-Vogelstang dated 17,500-18,000 years ago, and at Stellmoor has dated 11,000 years ago. Azilian points were found in Grotte du Bichon, Switzerland, alongside with the remains of both a bear and a hunter, with some flint fragments that is found in the bear's third vertebra; and suggested the use of arrows at 13,500 years ago.
By: Prerana Sharma