Ancient stone sculptures of various animals have been found in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula. Included in the find are horse-like animals shown wearing tack, suggesting horses were domesticated 3,000 years earlier than previously thought.
The crucial find is that of a large sculptural fragment that appears to show the head, muzzle, shoulder and withers of an animal that bears a distinct resemblance to a horse.
The piece is unique in terms of its size, weighing more than 135kg.
Moreover, further discoveries on the same site of smaller, horse-like sculptures, also with bands across their shoulders, have opened the possibility that an advanced civilisation here may already have been using the accessories of domestication – tack – in order to control horses.
Story: Sylvia Smith, BBC News | Photo: BBC News