Bow and Arrow

Approx. Period: 2000 BC
Length: 1.2m Width: 0.20m

Large numbers of flint and bone arrowheads have been found indicating that the bow and arrow was widely used. The bow is constructed of organic material so fewer examples remain. Samples indicate that the bow would be similar to the design as we understand it today. The bow and arrow could be constructed from any locally available materials but some examples indicate that material such as yew for the bow was imported.

This bow illustrates a single carved bough, bound with leather. The string is made from twisted sinews and strung from notches in the bow ends. The arrowhead is made from flint, bound into a notch in the shaft, and has barbs to prevent withdrawal. The flights are made from bird feathers and are bound to the shaft with fine strands of flax.