Tag: "history"

The horse-themed floor mosaic, with Hermes, left, and an unidentified male at right, possible Phillip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Photos: Greek Culture Ministry
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Horse-themed floor mosaic dating back 2300 years found in tomb

Greek tomb may hold remains of relative of Alexander the Great.

A chariot linch pin from three angles, showing the intricate decoration at the ends. Photo: University of Leicester
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Stunning discovery of ancient chariot parts, equestrian tools

2200-year-old find includes a curry comb and two curved blades for hoof care.

Two jaws from anthracobunids recovered from 48 million year old sediments are pictured next to a horse skull. The study found that anthracobunids were an ancient relative of horses, rhinos, and tapirs. Photo:Cooper Lab, Northeast Ohio Medical University
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Asian fossils confirmed as close relative of modern horses

Unearthed bones add to understanding of the evolution of odd-toed ungulates.

A Przewalski's Horse: Today's domesticated horses are far removed from their wild cousins.
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Born to be wild? The changes wrought by domestication

Scientists propose explanation for a hodge-podge of traits in domestic animals.

Horseback journey proves to be the adventure of a lifetime
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Horseback journey proves to be the adventure of a lifetime

Tale of life on Pakistan’s north-western frontier is a real eye-opener.

A section of Hadrian's wall at Greenhead Lough. Photo: Velella
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Roman cavalry horses lived alongside soldiers – research

Long-standing mystery over where horses were stabled is answered.

The European forest elephant is among the animals that are now extinct. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Humans squarely in frame for mass extinctions – study

Danish researchers say correlation is strong between spread of mankind and extinctions.

The earliest known trousers, dating back 3300 years, may well have been designed with riding in mind. Photo: Archaeological Institute, M. Wagner
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Earliest trousers may have been designed for riding

3300-year-old trousers resemble modern riding pants, researchers say.

A carriage leaves Spindletop Farm during its heyday.
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Heyday of Saddlebred breed recalled at Spindletop Hall

“Mimosas and Memories: Spindletop’s Saddlebred Moments” to celebrate historic farm.

"South Wind", by Judy Nordquist, is among several arabian horse bronzes up for sale at the Gleannloch auction next month.
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Arabian horse treasures up for auction

200 rare and historic items from estate of renowned breeders Gleannloch Farms up for auction.

William Taylor scans a horse skull with his three-dimensional scanner. Photo: University of New Mexico
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Researcher seeks answers on ancient Mongolian horse rituals

Why did horse heads form part of 3000-year-old burial rituals?

One of the markers of domestication is a reduction in size, but archeological evidence indicates size decreases were slow and inconsistent. Donkeys buried 5000 years ago in this early pharaonic mortuary complex have proportions similar to those of the African wild ass, but the bones of domesticated donkeys found at another, much older site are significantly smaller than those of wild asses. Photo: Stine Rossel/PNAS
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Domestication under the spotlight: Born to be wild

Scientists now think wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until quite recently.

The decorated equine jaw bone, considered the oldest piece of art yet uncovered Wales. Photo: British Museum
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Horse jaw artwork from 13,000 years ago goes on display

Ice Age Welsh artwork found in burial cave returns home.

Teeth of ancient equines shaped by climate, diet
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Teeth of ancient equines shaped by climate, diet

Enamel patterns on chewing surfaces evolved as diet changed in cooling and drying climate.

The Flodden Memorial at the site of the battle. Photo: Stephen McKay
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Translated document details fate of 1513 war horses

Horses from Britain’s Battle of Flodden recorded, then given to new owners.

The remains of more than 40 horses were unearthed in a trench in northeastern France. Photos: © Vincent Charpentier and Annie Viannet of the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP).
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The mystery of the horses at Bar-sur-Aube

French archaeologists unearth a trench holding 40 horse bodies. How did they get there?

Pottery was recovered from the site, along with animal remains. Photo: Nordjyllands Historical Museum
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Number of horse bones unearthed in Iron Age village surprises

Find raises questions over status of Danish village residents.

Four of the five ponies that now graze on the Culloden battlefield. Photo: National Trust of Scotland
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Charity’s latest equine recruits devour Culloden’s invaders

Five ponies in conservation grazing trial at historic battlefield.

Scott Simpson. Photo: Case Western Reserve University
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Fossils confirmed as new horse species from 4.4 million years ago

Ethiopian horse “is one piece of a very complex puzzle”.

An artist's image of the monument at Gamla Uppsala, Sweden, in its heyday, 1500 years ago. Image: Gote Goransson
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Evidence of horse sacrifices at ancient Swedish monument

Massive pole monument was 1km long, archaeologists report.

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