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Humans domesticated horses -- new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when
HeritageDaily ^ | March 2020 | William Taylor, UC Boulder, for The Conversation

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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: animalhusbandry; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; horses
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When Mae West met Mr Ed Horsing Around

When Mae West met Mr Ed Horsing Around

1 posted on 03/08/2020 9:44:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 03/08/2020 9:47:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Catherine the Great?


3 posted on 03/08/2020 9:57:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
Mae the Even Better.

4 posted on 03/08/2020 9:59:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough." -- Mae West
5 posted on 03/08/2020 9:59:27 PM PDT by jerod (Nazi's were essentially Socialist in Hugo Boss uniforms... Get over it!)
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To: jerod

That beats what Confucius said about it.


6 posted on 03/08/2020 10:05:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv
That beats what Confucius said about it.

What did Confucius say, about what?

Regards,

7 posted on 03/08/2020 10:10:34 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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”.


8 posted on 03/08/2020 10:34:47 PM PDT by JimRed (TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: JimRed
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."

9 posted on 03/08/2020 10:41:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: alexander_busek
"We each have two lives. The second begins when we realize we have only one."

10 posted on 03/08/2020 10:43:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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“I am not a horse”
https://youtu.be/Y-O9RdrYRFc


11 posted on 03/08/2020 10:58:23 PM PDT by redshawk ( I want my red balloon. ( https://youtu.be/V12H2mteniE))
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To: SunkenCiv

now if we could only domesticate women


12 posted on 03/09/2020 12:00:16 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: SunkenCiv

Which was domesticated first, the horse or the dog?


13 posted on 03/09/2020 12:50:55 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Gone but not forgiven.)
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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.

14 posted on 03/09/2020 2:41:08 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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now if we could only domesticate women

You do realize that our betters have these terms reversed, right? And that arguing with them is just proof to them that they are correct, right? The original of "Heads I win, tails you lose!"

15 posted on 03/09/2020 2:45:18 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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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


16 posted on 03/09/2020 3:26:27 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: SunkenCiv

Anybody ask Jean Auel ? /s


17 posted on 03/09/2020 4:18:06 AM PDT by buckalfa (Post no bills.)
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To: reg45
Which was domesticated first, the horse or the dog?

The chicken. Without a chicken there'd be no egg.

Joe Biden

18 posted on 03/09/2020 4:21:00 AM PDT by varon (Run the conspirators to ground)
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To: JimRed

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).


19 posted on 03/09/2020 5:15:26 AM PDT by Varda
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“”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.


20 posted on 03/09/2020 5:30:36 AM PDT by Dusty Road (")
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