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The Spirited Horse: Equid-Human Relations in the Bronze Age Near East (Hardback)

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Presenting a new perspective on human-animal relations in the ancient Near East, this volume considers how we should understand equids (horses, donkeys, onagers and various hybrids) as animals that are social actors. Recht brings together a wealth of new data, including Bronze Age Near Eastern material culture from a range of archaeological contexts with equid remains as well as iconography and texts. She looks in particular at finds of equids themselves from burials, sacred space and settlements alongside associated artefacts such as chariots and harnesses.

This is the first time the agency of animals is recognised. The study is essential reading for prehistorians, archaeologists and those studying early animal domestication, showcasing how humans encounter and interact with other animals, and how those animals in turn interact with humans. Recht outlines the broader implications for human involvement with their environment, both today and in the past, and points to further study in a number of focused appendices.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionPrehistoric archaeologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesAnimals & society Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 16/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9781350158917  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Laerke Recht is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has published and researched on human-animal relations, religion, ceramics, and archaeological theory, including Human Sacrifice: Archaeological Perspectives from around the World (2019).

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