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Similarly, short bows seem to have been introduced to Japan by northeast Asian groups.
The development of firearms rendered bows obsolete in warfare, although efforts were sometimes made to preserve archery practice.
(In this event, archers shoot vertically from the base of an abbey tower to dislodge a wood pigeon placed approximately 30 meters above.) Archery remained a small and scattered pastime, however, until the late 18th century when it experienced a fashionable revival among the aristocracy.
Sir Ashton Lever, an antiquarian and collector, formed the Toxophilite Society in London in 1781, with the patronage of George, the Prince of Wales.
Bows eventually replaced the spear-thrower as the predominant means for launching shafted projectiles, on every continent except Australasia, though spear-throwers persisted alongside the bow in parts of the Americas, notably Mexico and among the Inuit.
The latter's annual Papingo event was first recorded in 1483.
There are no definite earlier bows; previous pointed shafts are known, but may have been launched by spear-throwers rather than bows.
The oldest bows known so far comes from the Holmegård swamp in Denmark.
Akkadians were the first to use composite bows in war according to the victory stele of Naram-Sin of Akkad. The Sanskrit term for archery, dhanurveda, came to refer to martial arts in general.
In East Asia, Goguryeo, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea was well known for its regiments of exceptionally skilled archers. Lightly armoured, but highly mobile archers were excellently suited to warfare in the Central Asian steppes, and they formed a large part of armies that repeatedly conquered large areas of Eurasia.
Despite the high social status, ongoing utility, and widespread pleasure of archery in Armenia, China, Egypt, England and Wales, America, India, Japan, Korea, Turkey and elsewhere, almost every culture that gained access to even early firearms used them widely, to the neglect of archery.