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Harness and trappingslocked

  • J. H. Crouwel,
  • Mary A. Littauer,
  • Christopher Gravett,
  • Tom Richardson,
  • Walter Smith,
  • William Lancaster
  •  and Fidelity Lancaster

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From an early stage, horses were used both as mounts and for pulling chariots in warfare or hunting. Most evidence for forms of harness in the ancient world comes from depictions in art, the earliest figural evidence dating from before 2000 bc in the Near East, although in a few contexts actual harness elements have survived. Even for later periods, secondary sources tend to provide the best evidence for the perishable leather and cloth parts of horse harness and trappings. More durable equipment, such as the horse armour used in medieval Europe, sometimes survives intact....

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