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Title: ‘The brede of good & strong Horsis’: zooarchaeological evidence for size change in horses from early modern London
Authors: Thomas, R
Holmes, M
Morris, J
Abrehart, E
First Published: 8-Jan-2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
Citation: Post-Medieval Archaeology, 2018, 52 (2)
Abstract: SUMMARY: Almost 200 horse bone measurements from 38 sites excavated across the city of London, dating to the period AD 1220–1900 were analysed. Results identified three main phases of size change: a reduction in size in the mid 14th to 15th century, and size increases in the mid 15th to 16th century and the 17th century. The decline in size testifies to the disruption of horse breeding in the wake of the Black Death, whilst the increases reflect purposeful attempts to increase the size of horses in England through a combination of regulated breeding and the importation of new bloodlines.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00794236.2018.1515400
ISSN: 0079-4236
eISSN: 1745-8137
Embargo on file until: 8-Jul-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, 2019. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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