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The Evolution of the Bow and Arrow

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Alec San Miguel

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The Bow is a weapon. The bow acts like a spring, which transfers the energy in its limbs,
into the sting and
then, into the arrow. The Evolution of the
Bow And Arrow By Alec San Miguel The Arrow The arrow serves as ammunition for the bow,
it is essentially, a flighted stick with a weighted
tip. Anatomy of the Bow and Arrow Fletching was dated back to BC 16,000 Flint, stone and wood arrowheads were used. Stellmoor Bows found in
Germany, dated back to
BC 8,000. Elm Holmegaarde bows found, dated back to BC 6,000 Bronze Age 3300 BC Iron Age 1,200 BC Firepower replaced the Bow and Arrow as the choice military ranged weapon. The Mongolian Compound Bow 1206 The English Longbow 1337 Notably effective during the Hundred Years' War. Archery is now practiced for recreational purposes and competition. The Mongolian Composite Flighting This Bow was made of wood & horn, strung with sinew. -Steel Arrowtips-
As techniques for iron were developed,
Steel was discovered and society spiraled into the Steel Age. Modern Composite Bows
Made from Alloys and Carbon Fibre Fletching - The act of making Arrows and Crafting Bows. Modern bows do not store energy in its limbs anymore, instead, pulley systems like this store more energy in the string, allowing for greater range and accuracy. Carbon fibre is a man made material made from weaving fibers into strong sheets, then glueing them together to form a strong and light material. Mixture of metals to create a completely new material. Flighting at the back of the arrow, causes it to spin and stabilize in flight. Originally made from feathers, plastics are now used and can be shaped into any form, allowing for a wide range of different flighting patterns for different arrow behavior. Under the leadership of Ghengis Kahn,
the Mongol Empire dominated in battle
and spread its empire from Mongolia to
the majority of Euroasia. The short size of this bow allowed it to be used on horseback, introducing ranged, chivalry to the battlefield. The Bow:
- The Limbs
- The String The Arrow:
- The Shaft
- The Flight
- The Tip Bronze is harder than stone,
can be sharpened and shaped more
easily. Iron is harder than Bronze, allowing for more armor penetration and makes for a deadlier shot. Was very long, made form the wood of the Yew tree. This bow was successful because it outfired the enemy's crossbows at longer range. Conclusion:
The Bow and Arrow proved itself a useful tool and an effective weapon. As a weapon, it has proved power of nations, kept order, aided in revolution and have taken, and defended the lives of the people who have faced its power. The legacy this tool has left has shaped our world today, in the distribution of its power. The bow and arrow is the perfect manifestation of a technology the has evolved over time. As with the changes in the Industrial Revolution and innovation of mass production/tools, archery equipment
can be built with precisely cut and made mechanical parts.
With these advancements, accuracy, power and range have multiplied exponentially since the birth of this tool. Wood was used at the material for the bow and shaft of the arrow. Giving birth to the Bronze arrowhead. As tools became more precise, sharper, and the science behind Archery more understood, society started experiementing and using different kinds of wood for the bow, making them stronger, and redesigning their shape. Modern Composite Bow Sources:
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"History of Bows and Arrows." Newarcheology. Newarchaeology, n.d. Web. 19 Aug 2010. <http://www.newarchaeology.com/articles/history_bow_and_arrows.php>.
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