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Finding the First Horse Whisperers

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Reconstruction of the tarpan, or wild European horse, Equus ferus.

Reconstruction of the tarpan, or wild European horse, Equus ferus. Illustration by Daniel Pickering, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Credit: Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photo of a horse head and neck sacrifice in a pit outside an ancient house in northern Kazakhstan.

Horse head and neck sacrifice in a pit outside an ancient house at the Botai site of Krasnyi Yar, northern Kazakhstan.

Credit: Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photo of a ceramic beaker from Botai settlement, northern Kazakhstan.

Ceramic beaker from Botai settlement, northern Kazakhstan. Photo by Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Credit: Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photo of a Kazakh woman milking mare at Kenetkul village, northern Kazakhstan.

Kazakh woman milking mare at Kenetkul village, northern Kazakhstan, taken in 2000.

Credit: Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photo of Sandra Olsen excavating at the Botai site of Vasilkovka in 2002.

Sandra Olsen excavating at the Botai site of Vasilkovka in 2002. Photo by Chris Beard, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Credit: Sandra Olsen, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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