Archery of 'Western Culture' in CHina
- For those interested in such things, here is a URL for an supported
article on the discovery of Western (Scythian) bows in a Chinese
tomb. A study compares the design and construction of various bow
types from various cutures (with pictures)to support the idea that
Western designs had great influence on Eastern designs, while
discounting any direct connection with Korean bow history, more
generally ussumed the source of Eastern bow development.
Lots of thoughts about the use of bows, quiver designs, etc., but
sadly, nothing on effective distances. He instead suggests that
with the ability to construct accurate reproductions of ancient bows
(from X-rays, etc), "it is up to modern boyers" to test the
effectiveness of these bows.
Naturally, if you 'think' that these bows will only shoot 200 yards
or so, then that is all that will be tested. If you instead believe
archers could and did shoot at targets beyond 500 yards, then that
can be tested also -- the best form of documentation.
Just do it!