Equine Dentistry and Early Horse Husbandry in the Mongolian Steppe

Author(s): William Taylor

Year: 2017


Although nomadic horse pastoralism remains an important way of life in eastern Central Asia, the origins of horse herding in the region and their relationship to key social developments are poorly understood. Recent work indicates that late Bronze Age people of Mongolia's Deer Stone - Khirigsuur (DSK) Complex herded horses, and used some of them for transport by circa 1200 BCE. This paper presents evidence that DSK people practiced equine dentistry and veterinary care, removing or modifying incorrectly erupted deciduous incisors that may have interfered with feeding. Results indicate a sophisticated knowledge of equine anatomy and behavior during the late Bronze Age, which would have contributed to the success of nomadic societies in Mongolia during the first millennium BCE.

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Equine Dentistry and Early Horse Husbandry in the Mongolian Steppe. William Taylor. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431927)

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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15065