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Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association

The Development of the Bow in Western Europe: A Technological and Functional Perspective

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The development and use of archery equipment in prehistoric Europe has always stimulated archaeological interest. Much of the focus of research has been concerned with the temporal origins of the bow. Surviving examples of prehistoric bows and arrows make it possible to evaluate the functional capabilities of these weapons. Experimental replication of prehistoric European archery equipment shows that early bow and arrow designs were well engineered and adapted to maximize hunting efficiency.

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