The first recorded example of the use of armor is found painted on the walls of several royal tombs.  The first piece of armor we see appear on the Egyptian battle field is the shield. Although, it is unlikely the Egyptians were the first culture to use this basic armor. Early shields were often as tall as the warriors themselves. Early Egyptians warriors constructed their shields using wood and animal hide. Cowhide, cheetah and antelope were all utilized in this matter. As time went on the large man size shields eventually gave way to a more manageable and proficiently sized shield. As a result of using smaller shields soldiers were better able to maximize the use of their spears. Many tomb paintings show foot soldiers carrying swords, shields and a basic linen loincloth.

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