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Archaeologists discover Paleolithic a...
Foz Coa Douro, Portugal
By Jonathan Mitchell
17 Jan 2013

Archaeologists have discovered 100 or so rock carvings from the Upper Palaeolithic (10,000 to 30,000 years ago) which depict basic animation at 2 to 3 frames per second. Although hard to see, this horse's ears move. GIF animation (handout) available on request.

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Centaurs of the Steppe
Dushanbe,Tajikistan
By tkaye
27 Nov 2011

An intimate, cultural study of the free-for-all melee of 'Buzkashi', Central Asia's oldest and fiercest sport. The name of the game literally translates as "goat grabbing." Contestants vie to snatch the headless carcass of a goat (buz) and drag it across a goal line.

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Hissor
By tkaye
27 Nov 2011

A member of the audience runs for cover as buzkashi riders gallop past the goal markers in Luchob, central Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
30 May 2011

Sunlight and dust streams around Buzkashi players in Sharinav, Tajikistan. Spectators stand on a mound nearby - audience members often wander as close as possible to watch the game.

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Hissor
By tkaye
30 May 2011

Sunlight and dust streams around Buzkashi players in Sharinav, Tajikistan. Spectators stand on a mound nearby - audience members often wander as close as possible to watch the game.

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Hissor
By tkaye
22 Mar 2011

At a Navruz commemorative match in the mountains near Dushanbe.

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Hissor
By tkaye
08 Mar 2011

A farmer holds the head of a goat he just sold for extended rounds of a buzkashi game in Sharinav, Tajikistan. The goat carcass is normally prepared the day before the match.

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Hissor
By tkaye
27 Feb 2011

A player puts on his boots before a match near Dushanbe.

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Hissor
By tkaye
27 Feb 2011

A buzkashi player tries to escape from a rival at a match in Tezgar, near Dushanbe.

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Hissor
By tkaye
27 Feb 2011

An assistant buzkashi player in training at a match in Tezgar, near Dushanbe. As Tajikistan modernizes and young people increasingly move to Russia and elsewhere to work due to the lack of jobs in-country, the future of buzkashi is unclear.

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Hissor
By tkaye
20 Feb 2011

Young spectators view a horde of buzkashi horses from a nearby hill in Dangara, southern Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

A buzkashi player tapes up his fingers to ward off cold and blows from other players' whips during a winter match near Hissor, western Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

A new goat is handed off during a match in Jirganak, western Tajikistan, after the earlier goat is too destroyed to continue with.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

Spectators rally around a snowy buzkashi field. The truck in the foreground is both the prize truck, the announcer's truck and the holding pen for goats (buz) for the game.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

Assistants to master buzkashi players exercise their horses in the fog near Jirganak, western Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

A buzkashi rider wearing a USSR jersey takes a break during a foggy match.

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Hissor
By tkaye
06 Feb 2011

Players set up the goal posts for a buzkashi game in a winter fog at Jirganak, Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

A buzkashi player relaxes his horse between buzkashi rounds in Nojibolo, Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Using carpets won by the horseback riders, buzkashi fans near Hissor set aside time for afternoon prayers.

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Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Young buzkashi players taking a break from a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
05 Feb 2011

Buzkashi players fight for possession for the buz during a muddy match in Nojibolo, western Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Too slow to jump to a retreat with the rest of the audience, an old man is lost in the dust of a horde of buzkashi horses.

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Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Nasriddin Hissor, 5-time Soviet buzkashi champion, rides out of the fray with the buz. Unlike many other sports, senior players with the most experience are often the best and most respected players

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Hissor
By tkaye
29 Jan 2011

Players battle for possession of a goat carcass in a Buzkashi scrimmage in Novobod, Western Tajikistan.

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Hissor
By tkaye
09 Jan 2011

Audience members watching a match near Korgan-Teppe, Tajikistan, with the bikes they used to get to the buzkashi field from nearby farming villages.

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Hissor
By tkaye
03 Jan 2011

Khurshed's brother, Suhrob, exercises his horses in the mountains near Dushanbe.