Irish discoveries give insight into Norman archery

The discovery of “bows and parts of bows, arrows and arrow fragments and an array of arrowheads” in an Irish bog dating to the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland may give insight into the types of equipment used by the Normans.

In an article for the Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries, Michael Leach compares the recent discoveries to the fallen King Harold depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. “The detail in the martyrdom picture is particularly interesting,” he says. “The right-handed archers are seen with the elbow of the drawing arm in the low position, the string hand anchored just to the left of the breastbone. This is the classic position for drawing the short bow with its short arrow.”