Skip to comments.Humans domesticated horses -- new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when
Posted on 03/08/2020 9:44:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
In the increasingly urbanized world, few people still ride horses for reasons beyond sport or leisure.
However, on horseback, people, goods and ideas moved across vast distances, shaping the power structures and social systems of the premechanized era. From the trade routes of the Silk Road or the great Mongol Empire to the equestrian nations of the American Great Plains, horses were the engines of the ancient world.
Where, when and how did humans first domesticate horses?
Tracing the origins of horse domestication in the prehistoric era has proven to be an exceedingly difficult task. Horses -- and the people who care for them -- tend to live in remote, dry or cold grassland regions, moving often and leaving only ephemeral marks in the archaeological record. In the steppes, pampas and plains of the world, historic records are often ambiguous or absent, archaeological sites are poorly investigated and research is published in a variety languages.
At the heart of the issue is a more basic struggle: How can you distinguish a "domestic" animal from its wild cousin? What does it even mean to be "domesticated"? And can scientists trace this process in archaeological sites that are thousands of years old and often consist of nothing more than piles of discarded bones?
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Catherine the Great?
Mae the Even Better.
That beats what Confucius said about it.
What did Confucius say, about what?
A hunter oriented culture would be unlikely to make a pet or companion out of a food animal. Must have been after agriculture started to “take root”.
A medieval horseman with a frog growing out of his forehead rode up to the local doctor and astrologer. The vet was already considering recommending a good bleeding as the cure.
"How did this start?"
The frog replied, "it started as a wart on my ass."
"We each have two lives. The second begins when we realize we have only one."
“I am not a horse”
now if we could only domesticate women
Which was domesticated first, the horse or the dog?
Without doubt the dog by a wide margin. As pointed out in this thread, the horse is difficult for exact dating but archeological evidence has horse related burial presence back to circa 2,000 BC. The domestication of the dog variant from the wolf dates, at a minimum back to 18,000 BC with arguments of a date 20,000 years earlier.
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Actually there is evidence that horses were used by the Solutrean culture 15,000-20,000BC near Roche de Solutre sometimes called the Wind Horse period
Anybody ask Jean Auel ? /s
The chicken. Without a chicken there'd be no egg.
Theres no evidence that the early animal domesticates (dogs , horses, pigs) were pets. The earliest horse culture was nomadic (and stayed that way long after taming horses).
“”Solutrean culture 15,000-20,000BC””
An interesting history behind those folks. I got interested in them when a local professor asked me to replicate a few flint blades and points from that period.
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