Taylor R. Hermes

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I focus my research on changing human behavior in Inner Asia during the mid to late Holocene. I am interested in how early animal management emerged during the fourth millennium BCE in montane ecosystems, and how such human-animal relationships correspond to changes in land use, social organization, and technology. I aim to understand how Eneolithic hunting and gathering societies responded to access to domesticated animals and from where these opportunities originated. Such relationships between regional vectors and ecological potentials across the steppe remain poorly understood and must be elucidated to explain the development and persistence of mobile pastoralism (i.e., pastoral nomadism).

I also like to conduct research on other relevant topics.  The four-fields of anthropology (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic) contribute to my pursuits, but I base my research on the methods and principles of archaeology.

Epistemological clarification: I believe science always benefits anthropology, but I don't believe anthropology must be a science.

Research projects and interests:

Stable strontium isotopes and mobility of Bronze Age pastoral nomads in south-eastern Kazakhstan

Simulating the mobility of foragers and/or pastoralists: What's the difference?

Ethnoarchaeology of Kalinga rice farming and pottery production (with Dr. William Longacre)

I spy a yurt: Remote sensing pastoral land use across the Inner Asian mountain region

Muezzins within earshot: Modeling soundscapes of the adhan and the process of urbanization in Jerba, Tunisia (with Dr. Michael Frachetti)

The anthropologist, the herder, satellites, and flocks: a study of residential mobility and daily herding strategies of present-day Kazakh pastoralists

Who were the Afanasievo and why in the Altai? The supposed Indo-European, first pastoralists of Inner Asia