Where did archery originate?
Many different cultures and peoples, widely separated and
isolated, one from another, seem to have developed bows and arrows
on their own, at various periods throughout history.
Nobody knows exactly where or when archery originated, but some
estimates are that bows and arrows were first developed around
10,000-15,000 years ago. The oldest surviving bows and
arrows have been found in Europe, but that in no way means that
archery originated there. It simply means that the conditions in
those particular areas are conducive to the preservation of the
materials used to make the ancient weapons..