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Following the discovery of an significant deposit of animal remains in tomb T20, archaeozoological efforts have been stepped up since 2004. Morphometric studies followed by laboratory analyses, were carried out on sixteen horses, eight males and eight females, as well as an ox. While the data is currently being processed, the equine characteristics of the Xiongnu horses appear to be confirmed. They may have belonged to a sub-species of Equus caballus that was limited both chronologically and geographically. When one is aware of the role this animal played in the funerary symbolism of the people of the steppes, progress can be made by widening observations to large series.

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