Asian dairy trade was pre-Khan
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.