Grave of a horse rider discovered in Malomirovo, Bulgaria. Credit: Michał Podsiadło.
Using horses to get around was a critical juncture for development of human society.
Human skeletons found in 4,500-5,000-year-old burial mounds in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia show the six distinct signs that the people were horse riders.
Using horses was a critical juncture for development of human society.
The earthen burial mounds, called kurgans, belonged to the Yamnayan culture – migrants from the Pontic-Caspian steppes which stretch across from what is now Romania, Moldova and Ukraine in the west to western Kazakhstan and the lower Volga regions of Russia in the east.
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