Archaeological research shows that our prehistoric ancestors built resilience into their food supply. Now archaeologists say ‘forgotten’ millet – a cereal familiar today as birdseed – has a role to play in modern crop diversity and in helping to feed the world’s population.
In two separate books, anthropologists Dr Franck Billé and Dr Christopher Kaplonski look at the identity of Mongolia, a country that stands at a cultural and political crossroads. While Billé explores Mongolia’s relationship with its powerful neighbours, Kaplonski revisits a dark period in the country’s recent history.
A major project – Where Rising Powers Meet – looks at life along the border that separates Russia, China and Mongolia. Among the researchers involved is Dr Sayana Namsaraeva whose work focuses on the experiences of the Buriad ethnic group to which she belongs.
In the latest report of the Extreme Sleepover series, undergraduate Robin Irvine explains how a fascination for the relationships between humans, horses and dogs took him to the Mongolian steppes.
Tomorrow we launch a series of 12 articles by Cambridge researchers who tell us about the unfamiliar places where they’ve spent the night in the course of their work. Introducing the Extreme Sleepover series, distinguished anthropologist Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey reflects on how fieldwork not only enriches researchers' work but also touches their hearts and minds.