Eneolithic horse exploitation in the Eurasian steppes: diet, ritual and riding

  title={Eneolithic horse exploitation in the Eurasian steppes: diet, ritual and riding},
  author={David Anthony and Dorcas Brown},
  pages={75 - 86}
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