Sponsored by: Springfield Museums
The bow and arrow is a technology very closely associated with the popular stereotype of peoples native to this country. Few people realize that bows and arrows were virtually non-existent in the Americas for more than 10,000 years of prehistory. When these weapons did finally break into use, they spread like wildfire and became ubiquitous as war and hunting weapons in a very short time. Dr. Joseph Wilson of Fairfield University has examined hundreds of traditional bows from museum collections around the country. Join as he presents his research conclusions about weapons technology and human migrations in the Americas.