Arabs at the British Museum

A date for your brand spanking new 2012 diaries: The Horse: Ancient Arabia to the modern world 24 May – 30 September 2012 Admission free, Gallery 35 Entire peoples and cultures have been characterised by the horse and its central role in society; in peace and war, in mythology and literature. Through an impressive collection …

Siberian Harness Buckle Discovered in Alaska

I got really excited and wondered if this was somehow Scythian until I realised that “ancient” here is used to refer to what a European would call “medieval” but this is still pretty fascinating.  Story from Horse Talk: The object, about 2 inches by 1 inch and less than 1 inch thick, was found in …

The First Appaloosa

From The Local: An international team of researchers led by a German scientist believe they have found the first evidence that spotted horses, often seen depicted in cave paintings, actually existed tens of thousands of years ago. “We are just starting to have the genetic tools to access the appearance of past animals and there …

By Chariot to the Next World

It could have been as early as 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ that these horses were moved on to greener pastures – and no-one has laid eyes on them until now. Archaeologists have painstakingly uncovered the almost-3,000-year-old remains of horses and wooden chariot in a Zhou Dynasty tomb in Luoyang, Henan Province, …

Was Saudi Arabia the Home of Horse Domestication?

Saudi archaeologists are challenging the new theory that the earliest solid evidence for horse domestication was found in north east Kazakhstan, among the relics of the Bronze Age Botai peoples. They believe that they’ve found traces of horse taming in al-Maqar, dating back 9,000 years – approx. 4,000 years older than the Botai material. This …

Wild Hares and Horse History

One of the things I’m most neurotic about in researching horse history is new angles and fresh material. A huge amount has been written about horses over the millennia, and while I try to dig deep into that knowledge to explain the history, I’m also obsessed with finding something that will make more seasoned readers …

Oddments

Sealskin will no longer be used for sporran manufacture. It’ll be ponyskin instead. Anthropologie has a very pretty catalogue full of very pretty clothes and a whole heap of pretty horses. A South African pony called Bertie kicked a pit bull in the head after it attacked his nads. Champion racemare Sariska has been retired …