Crossbows have an extensive history that takes up a decent chunk of humanity's archaeological history and spans various different continents around the world. I only mention this because crossbows, like the slingshot I talked about earlier, are one of the earliest ranged weapons humanity has used. It is even impressive that even after we invented weapons like guns and missiles and grenades, crossbows are still being used to this day. Some people use crossbows for hunting food. However, there are still some limited military operations that crossbows have even in our modern world. In Brazil, soldiers in certain jungle units are trained to use crossbows and some Chinese military units/police forces use crossbows with the Chinese government justifying its usage by saying a crossbow helps to stop people carrying explosives while reducing the risk of detonation.
China has had a long history with the crossbow. According to the book, The Crossbow by Mike Loades, cast bronze parts for crossbows has been found in China dating back to around six hundred fifty B.C. This is pretty much one of the earliest findings of a crossbow in human history - if not the earliest. According to the book Iron and Steel in Ancient China: Second Impression, With Corrections. by Donald B. Wagner, bronze crossbow bolts that date back to the mid-5th century BC have been found in a burial site in Yutaishan, Jinagling County, Hubei Province China. It was used by Chinese armies to fight battles and various militaries throughout China by various different dynasties. These Chinese military people and inventors created a device that is still being used by Chinese forces to this day - and even U.S. forces though that is a modified version used in the middle east to trigger landmines instead of direct combat.
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