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The "Nine bows" were a conventional representation of Egypt's external enemies.One of the oldest representations of the Nine bows is on the seated statue of Pharaoh Djoser (3rd Dynasty, 27th century BCE).The oldest direct evidence dates to 8,000 years ago.The discovery of stone points in Sibudu Cave, South Africa, has prompted the proposal that bow and arrow technology existed as early as 64,000 years ago.They were often rather long, up to (4 ft) and made of European hazel (Corylus avellana), wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana) and other small woody shoots.
Legendary figures from the tombs of Thebes are depicted giving "lessons in archery".
However, in the Middle Bronze Age, with the development of massed infantry tactics, and with the use of chariots for shock tactics or as prestigious command vehicles, archery seems to have lessened in importance in European warfare.
In approximately the same period, with the Seima-Turbino Phenomenon and the spread of the Andronovo culture, mounted archery became a defining feature of Eurasian nomad cultures and a foundation of their military success, until the massed use of guns.
The Chariot warriors of the Kassites relied heavily on the bow.
The Nuzi texts detail the bows and the number of arrows assigned to the chariot crew.
Archery continues to be a popular sport; most commonly in the form of target archery, but in some places also for hunting.