- Oct 2013
- Planet Nine, Oregon
They look like recurve bows, but there is no way to tell if they are of composite construction. Recurve bows from many cultures contain more power because both of the limbs each contain a curve. Composite bows rely on a material on the belly (archer's side) that can hold energy through compression; strips of horn have been used traditionally for this. The back of the composite bow was covered with sinew carefully glued on to hold energy through elasticity. There are a number of varieties of composite bows; the Egyptians had a number of different types, but the basic construction was very similar. Too hard to tell from depictions, need physical remains.