Dairy pastoralism sustained eastern Eurasian steppe populations for 5,000 years

Dairy pastoralism sustained eastern Eurasian steppe populations for 5,000 years Shevan Wilkin, Alicia Ventresca Miller, William T. T. Taylor, Bryan K. Miller, Richard W. Hagan, Madeleine Bleasdale, Ashley Scott, Sumiya Gankhuyg, Abigail Ramsøe, S. Uliziibayar, Christian Trachsel, Paolo Nanni, Jonas Grossmann, Ludovic Orlando, Mark Horton, Philipp W. Stockhammer, Erdene Myagmar, Nicole Boivin, Christina Warinner & … Read more

Repost: What Bacterial Cultures Reveal About Ours

Repost: What Bacterial Cultures Reveal About Ours Republished Story from Virginia Gewin @ Sapiens Dairying is one of the great puzzles of history. An archaeologist set out to unravel it and, in the process, discovered Mongolia’s hidden wealth of endangered microbes. In the remote northern steppes of Mongolia, in 2017, anthropologist Christina Warinner and her … Read more

Repost: Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills

Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills Republished story from Alex Whiting Genghis Khan’s conquering armies fed on dried curd as they crossed the vast steppes of Eurasia, ancient Romans imported pungent cheeses from France, and Bedouin tribes crossing the Arabian Desert have for centuries survived on camel’s milk. Dairy has … Read more

The SCI-FA project #1: Portraits of Milk Bacteria

The SCI-FA Project #1: PORTRAITS OF MILK BACTERIA The Sci-Fa Project is created by our research assistant Zoljargal Enkh-Amgalan in collaboration with the Mongolian fashion brand FUTURISTIC TYPE. The first edition of this project combines science and fashion by using SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) photos of artisanal Mongolian dairy products that our team collected during … Read more

Seeing Microbes / Сүү, цагаан идээн дотор юу байдаг вэ? – A photographic workshop report.

Seeing Microbes / Сүү, цагаан идээн дотор юу байдаг вэ? – A photographic workshop report. From July 23 to 26 we organized a workshop under the title ‘Seeing Microbes – Сүү, цагаан идээн дотор юу байдаг вэ?‘ in Khatgal, which is one of our major research sites in northern Mongolia’s Khövsgöl province. After conducting ethnographic … Read more

Cultures of Fermentation – A Wenner-Gren Symposium

From October 11 to 17, we will be at the ‘Cultures of Fermentation’ symposium in Sintra, Portugal. The event is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and organized by Mark Aldenderfer (UC-Merced), Christina Warinner (Harvard University & MPI-SHH), Jessica Hendy (University of York), and Matthäus Rest (MPI-SHH). Excerpt: Fermentation is a practice in which complex communities … Read more

Microbes on the Move – A Traveling Conference

We are delighted to introduce you to the conference Microbes on the Move: Dairying Diversity and Food Sovereignty on the Eurasian Steppes. Co-organized by the Mongolian University of Science and Technology/ Mongolian Dietetics Association, Bio-KG Kyrgyzstan/ Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, and the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, this will be a unique … Read more

Bronze Age population dynamics and the rise of dairy pastoralism on the eastern Eurasian steppe

Bronze Age population dynamics and the rise of dairy pastoralism on the eastern Eurasian steppe Choongwon Jeong, Shevan Wilkin, Tsend Amgalantugs, Abigail S. Bouwman, William Timothy Treal Taylor, Richard W. Hagan, Sabri Bromage, Soninkhishig Tsolmon, Christian Trachsel, Jonas Grossmann, Judith Littleton, Cheryl A. Makarewicz, John Krigbaum, Marta Burri, Ashley Scott, Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Joshua Wright, Franziska Irmer, Erdene Myagmar, Nicole Boivin, Martine Robbeets, Frank J. Rühli, Johannes Krause, Bruno Frohlich, Jessica Hendy, and Christina Warinner (2018):Bronze Age population dynamics and the … Read more