The horse in early Ireland


en Anthropozoologica 42 (1) - Pages 85-104

Published on 29 June 2007

The main object of this paper is to review the development of horse exploitation in Ireland between its introduction in the Bronze Age and the medieval period. The review considers the evidence of the use of horse for riding and traction and contrasts this with the evidence from neighbouring Britain. The change in horse size is traced as is the development of horse-related technology. The association of horse with burial ritual and the inauguration of kings is also considered.


Horse, Ireland, traction, chariots, ritual, horse technology.

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