Chars sahariens préhistoriques et araires africains actuels I. L'alimentation des animaux de trait

Abstract : The horses which pulled the chariots in the Sahara at high speed were small-sized. A team of two horses would have needed about two kilograms of pearl millet to cover their energy requirements at the end of each sportive outing. This quantity of grains corresponds to a meal eaten by four or five adults people in the Sahara and Sahel regions. The bulls (Bos taurus) pulled the chariots at a slow speed. Grazing would have provided sufficient caloric intake to cover their moderate work. Different food requirements for draft animals involved different socioeconomic and political organizations, which may be better understood through current-day African rural life in regions which practise animal traction in cultivation with horses or bulls.
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Christian Dupuy. Chars sahariens préhistoriques et araires africains actuels I. L'alimentation des animaux de trait. Les Cahiers de l'AARS, Saint-Lizier : Association des amis de l'art rupestre saharien, 2018. ⟨halshs-01800699⟩

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