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To: Renfield

Another aspect of the bow, is it takes time to master it. This gives full-time warriors a big advantage over farmers who don’t have much time to practice archery.


9 posted on 08/19/2013 7:02:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Another aspect of the bow, is it takes time to master it. This gives full-time warriors a big advantage over farmers who don’t have much time to practice archery.

I have years of experience in SCA combat. I can assure you that fighting with primitive melee weapons is an art to be mastered as well. Those who are new to the sport are trivially easy to defeat by the more experienced.

The article might not go into the depth of the study, but as far as I can tell from it, the study and maybe entire field seems an exercise in making vague speculations then interpreting them into whatever evidence you find. Any thinking person would readily expect that the invention of the bow would change things, like how people hunted or fought wars, which is what the evidence they spoke of showed. That part of the theory that is not obvious seems the part that is vague and un-testable, and that which remains pure speculation and hand waving.

11 posted on 08/19/2013 7:27:48 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: PapaBear3625
Another aspect of the bow, is it takes time to master it. This gives full-time warriors a big advantage over farmers who don’t have much time to practice archery.

I have years of experience in SCA combat. I can assure you that fighting with primitive melee weapons is an art to be mastered as well. Those who are new to the sport are trivially easy to defeat by the more experienced.

The article might not go into the depth of the study, but as far as I can tell from it, the study and maybe entire field seems an exercise in making vague speculations then interpreting them into whatever evidence you find. Any thinking person would readily expect that the invention of the bow would change things, like how people hunted or fought wars, which is what the evidence they spoke of showed. That part of the theory that is not obvious seems the part that is vague and un-testable, and that which remains pure speculation and hand waving.

12 posted on 08/19/2013 7:27:53 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: PapaBear3625

In England during the middle ages, a law was passed by Edward I compelling all able bodied males over the age of seven to practice archery every Sunday after church. The upshot was that the militia in every teown and village had longbowman, making them a fearsome resource for recruiting an army against the French or Scots, but also more able to cause a nuisance against the aristocracy. Some people say the prevalence of the armour piercing longbow amongst the common man enabled the development of England’s tradition of individual liberty, which the Americans later inherited.


13 posted on 08/19/2013 7:53:03 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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