Prehistoric Steppe Adaptation and the Horse

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Marsha Ann Levine, Colin Renfrew, Katherine V. Boyle, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2003 - History - 428 pages
The domestication of the horse was one of the most significant events in the development of many human societies, ushering in new modes of transport and warfare and generating social and political change. This volume examines the origins of horse husbandry and pastoralism - especially nomadic pastoralism - in the Eurasian steppe. It brings together archaeologists and archaeozoologists from Asia, Europe and North America ito provide a wide-ranging overview of issues and evidence for the development of Central European societies from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. Much of the material is here made available in English for the first time. The issues surrounding the domestication of the horse are set firmly within the broader context of steppe ecology and human subsistence, and with the development of pastoral economies across this crucial geographical zone.

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About the author (2003)

Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University and Director of the McDonald Institute. His many influential publications include Archaeology: Theories, Methods, Practice (Thames and Hudson 3rd ed 2000), and Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership (Duckworth 2000).Marsha Levine is Research Associate at the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. She is co-author of Late Prehistoric Exploitation of the Eurasian Steppe (McDonald Institute 1999).Katie Boyle is a Researcher at the McDonald Institute and co-editor (with Colin Renfrew) of Archaeogenetics: DNA and the Population Prehistory of Europe (McDonald Institute 2000).

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