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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Arrow origins traced to Africa

"The invention of the bow and arrow used to be closely linked to the late Upper Paleolithic (Stone Age) in Europe," less than 30,000 years ago, says anthropologist Marlize Lombard of South Africa's University of Johannesburg, in a study in the current Journal of Archaeological Science." Source

"Last year, however, Lombard and her colleagues reported in the journal Antiquity, that arrows were around at least 64,000 years ago, and were first discovered not in Europe, but in South Africa. A single quartz arrowhead, bloodstained, had turned up at the Sibudu Cave site, dating to that time. In the new Journalof Archaeological Science study, Lombard reports more arrowheads and more evidence pushing back the age of the bow and arrow." Source
Read more on it here: Arrow origins traced to Africa -

Now after reading this fascinating article, I wanted to know a bit more about how Arrowheads were made:

I found these great videos:

I also found this video that shows what some of them look like:

Hope you found this as fascinating as I did!


  1. Brilliant video!
    I find fascinating that we are able through study to recreate the working technique of the distant ancestors... have a good day, DeeBee

  2. Thanks DeeBee :)

    I'm going to get a few friends together and try it! Will take pics :)