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Papers of James Cossar Ewart

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Sir William Ridgeway

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 James Cossar Ewart Gen. 137/9/8/319


28 January 1903

Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Ridgeway | Sir | William | 1853-1926 | classicist and Disney professor of archaeology, Cambridge (England)

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Sir William Ridgeway stating that he would very much appreciate a cliche of 'Matopo', Cossar Ewart's zebra. He adds that he has some blocks of the Kilimanjaro zebra and Somali zebra that would be of interest to him in his research of the zebra. He thinks that his knowledge of the Achaen horse would be of interest to him, as he believes them to be the same as both the small horses of Northern Britain in the time of Caesar, and those of the Danube area. He discusses the spread of the horse into Africa. He agrees that the Somali zebra and the North African horse are probably strands of the same species.

Regarding the assertions of Louis Capitan and Henri Breuil regarding two breeds of horses shown at the Combarelles caves, he has serious reservations. He elaborates his theory by analyzing the physical characteristics of the horses. He mentions a paper by Salensky which he would like to borrow. Matthew Horace Hayes has written to him about it.





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