Archery has been a part of human civilization, ever since the Stone Age. Evidence of ancient archery has been found all around the world. But the first to use bow and arrows were the ancient Egyptian, around 5000 years ago who first used archery for the purpose of hunting and warfare. Classical civilizations had lot of archers in their army.
Archery as a Sport
In 1840s, it was turned into a modern sport. But, by the end of 19th century, it saw a decline as other games became more popular, but it was still included as a sport in Olympics. Later, the typical bow and arrow began taking forms as the engineers started taking interest in it. In the following decades, it became more than just a sport. The rising interest of public in archery, as a competitive sport and recreational activity, resulted in an immense development in the forms of archery.
Archery in its simplest form is a wooden, single piece bow with a string attached to the bow on either side, a wooden arrow with an arrow head attached to the front end, with flechings and a nock at the other. But the bows have reformed through ages and now, come in different characteristics and different shooting mechanism.