Horses for the dead: funerary foodways in Bronze Age Kazakhstan
Outram, Alan K
Stear, Natalie A.
Evershed, Richard P.
The authors examine the role of horses as expressed in assemblages from settlement sites and cemeteries between the Eneolithic and the Bronze Age in Kazakhstan. In this land, known for its rich association with horses, the skeletal evidence appears to indicate a fading of ritual interest. But that's not the whole story, and once again micro-archaeology reveals the true balance. The horses are present at the funeral, but now as meat for the pot, detected in bone fragments and lipids in the pot walls.
Natural Environment Research Council (grant NE/B504506) and the British Academy (grants SG-35540 and SG-42656).
© 2011 Antiquity Publications
Vol. 85, No. 327, pp. 116-128