Mi 26.05. K. S. Kanne - Excavating Equestrians

Excavating Equestrians: Women and Horses in the Archaeological Record

Katherine S. Kanne, Northwestern University

Despite that riding is typically gendered female in the present, equestrianism is almost always gendered male in the past. Beginning with my research from the Middle Bronze Age in Hungary, I survey the archaeological record to excavate relationships between women and horses. Advances in ancient DNA, stable isotope analyses, and more accurate sexing of burials based on human remains, rather than grave goods, allows us to appreciate the antiquity of female equestrians as the norm, rather than the exception. I explore how women regularly rode through time, ultimately repositioning women as vanguards of early equestrianism, and of equestrianism more broadly.


Seminar für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (Digitales) Colloquium Praehistoricum Sommersemester 2021

Die Veranstaltungen finden 18 Uhr c.t. als Zoom Online-Vorträge statt.

Zugangslink: https://uni-goettingen.zoom.us/j/96121248134?pwd=UzRVQ1kxNUlpM3d6RmZlMVlaei9hUT09

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Figure 1. Non-rider (B) compared to a probable rider (C) based on acetabular morphology, both from the Middle Bronze Age Site of Tiszafüred-Majoroshalom, Hungary (2000/1900 to 1500/1450 BC).



Figure 2. Possible overland trade routes of Middle Bronze Age Hungary (2000/1900 to 1500/1450 BC), illustrating linkages between probable female equestrians, bits, and horse abundance.