|Archaeologists at the recently discovered 17th-century horse burial grounds in the Netherlands. Photo: Consortium Grensmaas|
A team of archaeologists digging for evidence of prehistoric human activity in the Netherlands were surprised to find a massive equine burial ground. Approximately 51 complete horse skeletons were found at the site.
The horses were buried methodically but apparently quickly, with some skeletons overlapping others.
“It’s easy to imagine this is how cavalry men might dispose of dead mounts in war time,” said chief archaeologist Angela Simons in an Associated Press article.
The archaeologists also state that the horses may have simply died due to disease or plague and were buried to prevent further spread of illness. No tack has been found at the site, spare a single stirrup. The bone size and structure correlates to that of riding horses rather than draft horses.
The site was found a few weeks ago and was just opened for public viewing on Tuesday, June 29. It is said to be the largest equine burial site found in Europe.