Medieval horse stable; the results of multi proxy interdisciplinary research

Dejmal, Miroslav, Lisa, Lenká, Nývltová, Miriam Fišáková, Bajer, Aleš, Petr, Libor, Kočár, Petr, Kočárová, Romana, Nejman, Ladislav, Rybníček, Michal, Sůvová, Zdenka, Culp, Randy and Vavrčík, Hanuš (2014) Medieval horse stable; the results of multi proxy interdisciplinary research. PLoS One, 9 3: e89273.1-e89273.12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089273

Author Dejmal, Miroslav
Lisa, Lenká
Nývltová, Miriam Fišáková
Bajer, Aleš
Petr, Libor
Kočár, Petr
Kočárová, Romana
Nejman, Ladislav
Rybníček, Michal
Sůvová, Zdenka
Culp, Randy
Vavrčík, Hanuš
Title Medieval horse stable; the results of multi proxy interdisciplinary research
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0089273
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page e89273.1
End page e89273.12
Total pages 12
Editor Terry Brown
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A multi proxy approach was applied in the reconstruction of the architecture of Medieval horse stable architecture, the maintenance practices associated with that structure as well as horse alimentation at the beginning of 13th century in Central Europe. Finally, an interpretation of the local vegetation structure along Morava River, Czech Republic is presented. The investigated stable experienced two construction phases. The infill was well preserved and its composition reflects maintenance practices. The uppermost part of the infill was composed of fresh stabling, which accumulated within a few months at the end of summer. Horses from different backgrounds were kept in the stable and this is reflected in the results of isotope analyses. Horses were fed meadow grasses as well as woody vegetation, millet, oat, and less commonly hemp, wheat and rye. Three possible explanations of stable usage are suggested. The stable was probably used on a temporary basis for horses of workers employed at the castle, courier horses and horses used in battle.
Keyword Carbon Isotopes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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