Monday, March 09, 2009

When Were Horses Tamed?

The BBC has a new article up titled Horses tamed earlier than thought. It begins with, "Horses were domesticated much earlier than previously thought, according to a team of researchers. They found evidence suggesting that the animals were used by a culture in northern Kazakhstan 5,500 years ago."

I do not find it surprising that horses were tamed so long ago. However, I am amazed that historians and scientists can determine this from the evidence they found. Using just horse teeth and nearby artifacts, they concluded that the horses had riding bits inserted in their mouths and that humans were also likely using their horse milk for food and for making alcohol.

The article also notes:

Lead researcher Dr Alan Outram from Exeter University, said horse domestication was an important indication of the state of human civilisation. "The domestication of the horse does have implications for human culture globally," he said. "It increases people's ability to trade and it has great advantages in warfare. "So if we are moving the origins of horse domestication much further back, we are going to have to think about the impact on the development of human culture at the time."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did the Europeans bring the horses to africa? Or when they arrived in Africa for the first time, horses had already been there. Alternatively: it is alleged that the origins of the human species are in Africa. What about the domistication of animals like horses, cattles, donkeys and so forth?