Monthly Archives: December 2012

Humans and reindeer

Humans have been interacting with reindeer for at least some 45,000 years and perhaps longer. There is some suggestion that not just Anatomically Modern Humans but that even Neanderthals – more than 60,000 years ago – hunted reindeer. Mass herding of reindeer dates back around 7,000 years but true domestication of reindeer is probably quite recent and no more than 2-3000 years old and probably took place as a consequence of many domestication events. Continue reading

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Cheese making is at least 7000 years old

The domestication of cows, the processing of milk and the “invention” and use of dairy products were surely interconnected and probably almost simultaneous. There is now direct evidence that deliberate cheese making with specialist utensils is at least 7000 years old in Europe. Continue reading

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