Here is a link to our new article on the origins of milking in Europe. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00438243.2015.1029076#.VTevNiG6dMw
It has huge implications also for the Near East. Essentially, it proposes that goats were the first animals to be milked and that it began early in the Neolithic. Sheep and cattle were not milked intensively for thousands of years. The results are based on the extensive analysis of hundreds of thousands of animals bones from the Balkans. Hope you like the title.
Hope you like the title.
‘Go(a)t milk?’ New perspectives on the zooarchaeological evidence for the earliest intensification of dairying in south eastern Europe. World Archaeology 2015. DOI:10.1080/00438243.2015.1029076
By Haskel J. Greenfield & Elizabeth R. Arnold