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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Archery History __ You will find news and ads from the past, history, current archery news, products and more. - illustrated - From archeryhistory.com - http://www.archeryhistory.com/  

Archery History __ "This document consists of notes made in preparation for a number of lectures on the history of archery." - From Michael Van Biesbrouck - http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~ajcd/archery/faq/history.html

Archery History __ "Archaeological findings show that the bow and arrow has been around for at least 20,000 years."  A brief overview. - From archerygold.com - http://www.archerygold.com/history.html

Archery History __ "You can always find a mention of archery in literature, art, Greek mythology, language, warfare, Humanities, and much more. The bow was such a pivotal device back in the past, that many historians consider it almost as important as the wheel and fire."  A general overview, mostly for kids, of the history of archery from ancient times through the modern Olympics. - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/27344/history.htm

Archery History Longbows __ A history of the long bow which is mainly a great gallery of click-to-enlarge images of modern, but historic long bows. - illustrated - From archeryhistory.com - http://www.archeryhistory.com/longbows/longbows.htm

Archery History Recurves __ A history of the recurve bow which is mainly a great gallery of click-to-enlarge images of modern, but historic recurve bows. - illustrated - From archeryhistory.com - http://www.archeryhistory.com/recurves/recurves.htm    


The Archery Tradition in China __ A general overview of Chinese archery history.  Yellow type on a black background may be a little difficult to read but there is good information along with embedded links to related subjects. - illustrated - From atarn.org / Stephen Selby - http://www.atarn.org/chinese/chin_art.htm

Basic definitions and archery history __ Here is a site where you will not only find history but definitions of the various types of archery. - From archers-friend.com - http://www.archers-friend.com/archery-history.html 

BlueDome: Archery - History of the Bow __ "It seems that the bow appeared in pre-history in several places. No one civilisation can lay claim to its invention, also the idea of using stored energy, for that is precisely what a bow does, was not developed by some advanced peoples, most notably the South American peoples such as the Inca's. The earliest identifiable Archery artifacts are in the order of 40,000 years old,..."  You will find a good overview. - From bluedome.co.uk - http://www.bluedome.co.uk/archery/archeryhistory.html

Brief History of Archery __ History of Archery dating back to ancient times. - From topendsports.com - http://www.topendsports.com/sport/archery/history.htm

FITA - International Archery Federation __ A history of FITA and a history of archery along with tons of additional information. - illustrated - From archery.org - http://www.archery.org/

History __ "Classical civilizations, notably the Macedonians, Nubians, Greeks, Persians, Parthians, Indians, Chinese, and Koreans, fielded large numbers of archers in their armies. Arrows proved exceptionally destructive against massed formations and the use of archers often proved decisive."  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archery#History 

History of Archery __ You will find a great history of archery as it is related to bow hunting. - From strictlybowhunting.com - http://www.strictlybowhunting.com/Anov01issue/history_of_archery.htm 


History of Archery __ "This is a brief history of "archery," which would serve as an introduction to the "Physics of Archery." - From mrfizzix.com - http://www.mrfizzix.com/archery/intro.html 

History of Archery -- ATHA Online -- includes Traditional Archery ... __ "A true bow hunter or archer should know the rich heritage of the tools and weapons he employs. In some areas of the world, archers were often peasants or the lowest ranking soldiers. In others, times they were fierce warriors immortalized by legend."  A brief overview with links to more information. - From athaonline.com - http://www.athaonline.com/archery-history.html

History of Archery - A Brief History of Olympic Archery __ A general history of archery which leads in to a history of modern Olympic archery. - From about.com - http://olympics.about.com/lw/Sports-Recreation/Amateur-sports/Archery-An-Illustrated-History.htm

History of Archery - GB __ "The British have a long and cherished history with archery a bow dating from 2690 B.C. (+/- 120 years) was found in Somerset. However, it was only after the Norman invasion in 1066 when duke William had defeated English king Harold at Hastings that the longbow was developed into a weapon of war, and archery became widely practiced."  Brief history of archery in Great Briton. - From archerygb.org - http://www.archerygb.org/archerygb/index.cfm/try-archery/history/

History of crossbows __ An encyclopedic article with links to related topics. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_crossbows  


History and Development of Kyudo - Kyudo: Japanese Archery __ "Historically, Japanese archery has been shrouded in myth and legend, making it difficult to assemble a completely accurate account of its development. "  But this website seems to have done a good job at it. - illustrated - From kyudo.com - http://www.kyudo.com/kyudo-h.html

The History of Medieval Crossbow __ Learn the history of the crossbow from ancient China through the Middle Ages. - From castles.me.uk - http://www.castles.me.uk/medieval-crossbow.htm   

History of Turkish Archery in Ottoman Period __ An overview of the period with a link to "History of Turkish Archery in the Republic" and other materials. - archery.metu.edu.tr - http://www.archery.metu.edu.tr/sitetr/histta01.html 

Malaysian Horseback Archery History __ A general overview and history of this sport, much of which is a lost history being recovered. - illustrated - From LEAP (LEarning Archery through Play) - http://sites.google.com/site/leapprogramme/malaysian-history

Olympic Archery History __ "The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany were the proving ground where FITA rules were recognized and established. The competitors shot 36 arrows for a single competition and 72 arrows for a double competition."  A general overview plus Olympic archery records and more. - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/C0125680/olympicarchery%20history-new.htm

Paralympic Archery __ A history of archery in the Paralympics. - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/C0125680/paralympicarchery-new.htm


A Peek Into Archery's History __ Learn about an upcoming Archery Hall of Fame. - From basspro.com - http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.CFPage?mode=article&objectID=29997 

A Shot in Time __ Here you can find information about the history of archery from 25,000 BCE.  There are several sections and articles. - illustrated - From Centenary Archers Club - http://www.centenaryarchers.gil.com.au/history.htm 

SUAC - History of Archery __ You will find a timeline followed by some fairly extensive articles about archery history. - From soton.ac.uk - http://www.soton.ac.uk/~archclub/bowhistory.php


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