Spear FAQs:

Q: Is a spear a pole weapon consisting of a shaft?

A: Yes, and usually of wood, with a pointed head.

Q: Were spears used after the Meso-American period in various conflicts including the Latin American wars of independence and the Spanish American wars of independence?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a spear used in ancient Japan sometime between the Yayoi period and the Heian period?

A: Yes, but it became unpopular as early samurai often acted as horseback archers.

Q: Was a spear developed?

A: Yes, but the later Middle Ages saw the development of specialised types, such as the boar-spear and the bear-spear.

Q: Were spears a preferred weapon by many since it was inexpensive to create?

A: Yes, and could more easily be taught to others, and could be made quickly and in large quantities.

Q: Are spears known from the Bronze Age?

A: Yes, but the first historical record of their use in Europe is found in the writings of Xenophon in the 5th century BC.

Q: Is a spear the main weapon of the warriors of Homer's Iliad?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a spear the most common ancient weapon found in Vietnam?

A: Yes.

Q: Were spears either designed to be used in melee?

A: Yes, or to be thrown.

Q: Is a spear still used for hunting and fishing?

A: Yes, and its influences still may be seen in current military gear such as the rifle-mounted bayonet.

Q: Were spears constructed from a variety of materials such as the sang made completely of steel?

A: Yes, and the ballam which had a bamboo shaft.

Q: Were spears also common weaponry for Warring States?

A: Yes, and Qin, and Han era cavalry units.

Q: Was a spear also used by cavalry?

A: Yes.

Q: Were spears used both in missile and non-missile form?

A: Yes, and both by cavalry and foot-soldiers.

Q: Were spears designed for close combat and often were wielded in conjunction with a large oval shield?

A: Yes.

Q: Were spears made with a wooden stick while the head of the spear was fashioned from arrowheads?

A: Yes, and pieces of metal such as copper, or a bone that had been sharpened.

Q: Is a spear also used to describe the male line of a family?

A: Yes, as opposed to the distaff or female line.

Q: Were spears typically shorter and more stream-lined than the tepoztopilli?

A: Yes, and some had obsidian edges for greater penetration.

Q: Was a spear used as the primary weapon in expeditions and battles against neighbouring island kingdoms and it become famous during the 1521 Battle of Mactan?

A: Yes, where the chieftain Lapu Lapu of Cebu fought against Spanish forces led by Ferdinand Magellan who was subsequently killed.

Q: Were spears made with fire-hardened points?

A: Yes.

Q: Were spears originally the same as infantry spears and were often used with two hands or held with one hand overhead?

A: Yes.

Q: Are spears mentioned?

A: Yes.

Q: Were spears retained they grew in length?

A: Yes, and eventually evolving into pikes, which would be a dominant infantry weapon in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Q: Were spears one of the most common personal weapons used in the Stone Age?

A: Yes, and they remained in use as important military and hunting implements until the advent of firearms.

Q: Were spears often lengthy and sturdy and were armed by heavily armored shock infantrymen?

A: Yes, and reflecting the prevalence of cavalry engagements and open combat.