A report published in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology reveals how a distaste for horsemeat developed in Britain 1,500 years ago due to the spread of Christianity and the food’s association with pagan practices.
Dr Kristopher Poole, of Nottingham University, the author of the study, compared dated records of animal bones in former settlements.
He found that almost a third of the sites from the early part of the period contained evidence of butchered horse bones.
Often the heads were found but not other parts of the animal, suggesting that the meat had been shared out for feasting.
But evidence of horse butchery from the later part of the period is much rarer.
Story: John Bingham, The Telegraph | Photo: Alamy