Friday, June 22, 2012

A Date for Dairying in the Green Sahara

Thank you once again to the forwhattheywereweare blog for the post Dairying in Africa some 7000 years ago (link).  This post discusses a Nature paper which establishes a date for dairying at Tadrart Acacus on the border of Tassili N'Ajjer in Algeria.  Several press announcements also cover the paper:

Chemical analysis of pottery reveals first dairying in Saharan Africa in the fifth millenium BC
University of Bristol Press Release

Data:  7,000 years ago, Saharan Africans milked cows, made cheese
LA Times Science Article by Thomas H. Maugh II

Related Post:

Tishkoff on the origins of pastoralism in Africa (Link)


  1. Marnie,

    A site to check out:

  2. Thanks, Paul. Nice (if slightly rampling) discussion of the spread of Zebu cattle westward and northward from their origin of domestication (India).


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