Horses in Iron Age Steppe Burials: Their Enduring Socio-political Role

Author(s): Katheryn Linduff; Karen Rubinson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Wheels, Horses, Babies and Bathwaters: Celebrating the Impact of David W. Anthony on the Study of Prehistory" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Horses have been a large part of the David Anthony’s research interests. Horses also played a significant role in the Pazyryk Culture (4th-3rd centuries BCE), a group of peoples buried in the Altai Mountains, in the region where modern Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan meet. Horses are regularly deposited in burials associated with the Pazyryk Culture; this practice and its socio-political function is the topic of this paper. Not only are horses the backbone of the mobile and military functioning of these communities, they probably also played a central role in displaying the centralizing power and authority of trade and emerging societal complexity across a vast area in Eastern Eurasia.

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Horses in Iron Age Steppe Burials: Their Enduring Socio-political Role. Katheryn Linduff, Karen Rubinson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451909)

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min long: 46.143; min lat: 28.768 ; max long: 87.627; max lat: 54.877 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 24653