Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow - Hugh D. H. Soar

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Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow - Hugh D. H. Soar

The Arrow - A Brief History: From Spears and Blowpipe Darts to the Ultimate Human-Powered Projectile

The arrow, essentially a specialized spear, is among the most ancient human inventions and can be found in cultures throughout the world. The need to launch a projectile farther and with greater accuracy than is possible with the human arm gave rise to a variety of solutions. Spearthrowers which extend the length of the user s arm and therefore transfer greater power to the projectile were developed far back in prehistory, and both the American Indian atlatl and the Australian woomera are examples of this technology. Blowpipes, too, are recorded in various cultures and represent another ancient technology. It was soon discovered that a stringed bow could launch a small spear-like projectile we now know as the arrow, and this combination became the dominant method for shooting projectiles for tens of thousands of years.

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