New publication: Pastoral dairying in rural Mongolia: Microbes as heritage.

Reichhardt B. (2021) Pastoral dairying in rural Mongolia: microbes as heritage. Archaeology of Food and Foodways 1.1. Abstract:In this photo essay, I illustrate ethnographic encounters with dairying practices and dairy microbes in various regions of Mongolia. Drawing on fieldwork conducted during two consecutive summers this essay focuses on the sociocultural role of microbial starter cultures … Read more

New publication: Evidence for the early dispersal of Near Eastern domesticates into high mountain Central Asia

Taylor W, Pruvost M, Posth C, Rendu W, Krajcarz M, Brancaleoni G, Spengler R, Hermes T, Schiavinato S, Hodgins G, Stahl R, Abdykanova A, Saltanat A, Fedorowicz S, Orlando L, Douka K, Krivoshapkin A, Jeong C, Warinner C, Shnaider S. (2021) Evidence for the early dispersal of Near Eastern domesticates into high mountain Central Asia. … Read more

Repost: The World’s Oldest Cheese – Fermentology Mini Seminars Presented by Jessica Hendy

  This presentation was first published by Applied Ecology, a platform featuring “research, education and outreach videos produced and shared by the students, staff and faculty of the NC State Department of Applied Ecology.” Their Mini Seminar series “Fermentology” is a great resource for learning about ancient and modern fermentation processes. Check out their YouTube … Read more

Publication: A Dynamic 6,000-Year Genetic History of Eurasia’s Eastern Steppe

A Dynamic 6,000-Year Genetic History of Eurasia’s Eastern Steppe Jeong, C., Wang, K., Wilkin, S., Taylor, W.T.T., Miller, B.K., Bemmann, J.H., Stahl, R., Chiovelli, C., Knolle, F., Ulziibayar, S., Khatanbaatar, D., Erdenebaatar, D., Erdenebat, U., Ochir, A., Ankhsanaa, G., Vanchigdash, C., Ochir, B., Munkhbayar, C., Tumen, D., Kovalev, A., Kradin, N., Bazarov, B.A., Miyagashev, D.A., … Read more

Microbes on the Move: Documentary

Microbes on the Move Documentary

We are pleased to present to you our Microbes on the Move documentary! The movie has been produced during the Microbes on the Move conference, which was held in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan in May 2019, and features interviews of the conference organizers and participants alongside visual impressions that will take the audience to two exciting … Read more

Prof. M. Erdene receives award for paper on earliest evidence of dairy pastoralism in Mongolia

Prof. M. Erdene (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, National University of Mongolia) received the Director’s Award of the National University of Mongolia for her co-authorship on the paper “Dairy pastoralism sustained eastern Eurasian steppe populations for 5,000 years“, which was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this year, with Dr. Shevan Wilkin as the … Read more

“Microbes on the Move”: Traveling Conference Interviews

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During last year’s “Microbes on the Move Traveling Conference” we asked participants to give short interviews and answer a few questions, including how they came to join the conference and how they benefitted from participating. See the interviews below (note that you can switch on subtitles for all non-English interviews).