Asian dairy trade was pre-Khan

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE -

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence of the dairy trade in 1300 BC Asia.

Re­searchers from Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity con­trib­uted to new re­search, pub­lished in sci­en­tific jour­nal PNAS, that gives in­sight into the dairy­ing process in the East Asian Steppe.

It has been iden­ti­fied that pop­u­la­tions in Mon­go­lia were milk­ing live­stock by 1300 BC, ear­lier than pre­vi­ously thought.

His­to­ri­ans had been un­der the im­pres­sion that the dairy­ing trade came about with the cre­ation of Genghis Khan’s vast em­pire a num­ber of years later.

The new find­ings re­veal that the Mon­go­lian so­ci­ety of 1300 BC was able to build its own live­stock and dairy­ing tech­nolo­gies, rather than rely on a ma­jor pop­u­la­tion mi­gra­tion bring­ing the trade.

Dr Joshua Wright, from the de­part­ment of ar­chae­ol­ogy at Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity, said: “My role might be de­scribed as putting the pins in the proper places on the map and time­line.

“Our re­search breaks the cen­turies’ long link be­tween pop­u­la­tion mi­gra­tion and way of life in Eurasian pre­his­tory.

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