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Equid introduction, hybridisation and agricultural intensification in the Ebro valley from the late Neolithic to the Iron Age

A CENTAUR is a creature from Greek mythology with the upper body of a human and the lower body and legs of a horse. The most common theory holds that the idea of centaurs came from the first reaction of a non-riding culture, as in the Minoan Aegean world, to nomads who were mounted on horses. The theory suggests that such riders would appear as half-man, half-animal. Bernal Díaz del Castillo reported that the Aztecs also had this misapprehension about Spanish cavalrymen.

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Therefore the centaur is the perfect metaphor for the research line of this project that aims to study the origin and evolution of the interaction between human societies and equids over time.

The corporate image of the project was inspired by the Iron Age engravings of horsemen found in Aragon zone of the Ebro valley (the study area).

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