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[Ar]

A strong bar forming the mouthpiece on a bridle used to control a horse. The earliest domesticated horses were probably controlled by a simple halter. Organic bits with antler cheek pieces first appear in central Europe around 1700 bc, to be replaced later by bronze single‐piece examples. The two‐ and three‐piece bit was introduced during Iron Age times, some examples providing an outlet for craftsmanship of the highest order.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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