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LONG AND SHORT OF BOWS, ARROWS

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Bows and arrows were used by prehistoric people for hunting animals as early as 30,000 B.C., researchers say.

Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians and Persians used them both for hunting and as weapons of war. By the A.D. 1100s, the crossbow was often used in battle, followed by the more powerful longbow.At the Battle of Crecy in 1346, 7,000 English archers routed a much larger French force, including armor-clad knights. The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 saw 13,000 British troops armed with longbows defeat a French army of about 50,000.

By the 1500s, firearms had largely replaced bows and arrows as weapons but archery continued to flourish as a sport.