One of the joys of living in the UK is the Ordnance Survey map (I have no idea whether other countries have something similar). They vary in scale but the ones I use nowadays are 4cm to 1km (2 1/2″ to 1 mile) and they cover every inch of the UK. They’re marked up with all sorts geographical features, many of them antiquities.
One of the sites I found nearby was a ring fort called Rougemont Castle, reported as the site of a 13th/14th Century fortified manor. There’s nothing there now but some lumps and bumps in the wood that now covers it. But, for me, these are the sites to visit for photography – there’s something of an implied romanticism in the resulting photographs.
Wandering around in the wood at Rougemont Castle, I took a few shots of nothing much, following the well trodden paths through the wood – unfortunately because of the population density in the UK, there aren’t many places which remain unvisited regularly, people have to walk their dogs somewhere, I suppose. At some point I usually crash through the undergrowth to explore the less visited parts.
As I rounded a rather dense Holly bush I came across this bow and arrow. It had been laid down just as you see it here, notched. I looked around to find any evidence for a den or some other hidey hole but this was all there was. I have to presume the owner had planned to return to continue their game but circumstances were against that happening. Perhaps they lost the spot where they left it. Needless to say I left it exactly where it was – though I was sorely tempted to have a try with it.