Horseback riding and the unintended consequences of innovation

Author(s): David Anthony; Dorcas Brown

Year: 2015


Every technological innovation carries a social agenda, usually one that was not intended or even foreseen by its inventors. The domestication of the horse in the Eurasian steppes probably was initially an attempt to secure winter-adapted meat animals, but horseback riding transformed the initial innovation into a revolution in transport. Riding made steppe herding more efficient, transformed tribal raiding, and eventually was combined with wagon transport to create a new way of life based on mobility that domesticated the steppe environment and transformed European populations.

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Horseback riding and the unintended consequences of innovation. David Anthony, Dorcas Brown. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396406)


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