Egyptian Duck Hunting: A Real Fling

April 12, 2017

This limestone architectural element from the Egyptian New Kingdom (16th-11th centuries BCE) depicts two Egyptian men, Qar and Idu, hunting ducks with boomerangs. Most people think of Australia when they think of boomerangs, but “throwing sticks” have been used all over the world throughout human history, mainly by hunter gatherers. What ancient Egyptians like Qar and Idu were doing was taking one of the oldest hunting methods in human history (throwing a stick at something) and turning it into a pass time. It was so popular, in fact, that several throwing sticks for bird hunting were discovered in Tutankhmun’s tomb when it was excavated by a team led by Howard Carter in 1923.

Egyptian hunting boomerangs of Tutankhamun’s grave goods. Replicas from the special exhibition “Tutanchamun: Sein Grab und die Schätze” 2009 in Munich / Germany. Author: Dr. Günter Bechly

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

One response to “Egyptian Duck Hunting: A Real Fling”

  1. Wow, I have hunted with a crossbow, but have never heard about boomerang duck hunting. I cannot even imagine how it works =)

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