Engraved decoration of a hunting scene

History of Hunting

The human species began as hunter-gatherers, and ever since men and women around the world have hunted for subsistence, for profit, or for sport.

Hunting has had a profound effect upon landscapes and ecologies, and has both preserved and destroyed whole species of animals and birds.

About 10,000 years ago man first began to domesticate animals and plant crops. From settled farming communities, now producing an excess of food, came the ability to specialise, to learn other craft skills, to live in towns, and to become civilised.

The change to settled agriculture and the development of civilisation led to increased populations, which ever since have threatened animals by destroying their habitats.

Despite the change to a settled agricultural existence, with its much reduced need to catch food to survive, man’s love of hunting continued.

Hunting offered excitement, tested strength, courage, skill and was an opportunity for the wealthy to show off, as can be seen by some of the fabulously decorated weapons.

For many today, hunting is repulsive and indefensible; to others it is a natural right; and for some it is still essential for survival.

INDIAN ARMS AND ARMOUR: PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL AND MYTHOLOGICAL

This special seminar, with Natasha Bennett, Acting Curator (Oriental Collections), will allow delegates to admire and examine weaponry and armour from India at close quarters.

27 February 2016

Leeds

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Did you know?

Longest-range gun ever built

During the First World War, Germany built the longest-range gun ever. Its 100 kg projectile travelled 122km, and left the muzzle at 1500 metres per second reaching a height of about 40 km. This is higher, and about 6 times faster, than a transatlantic jet

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