Archaeological culture, please meet yoghurt culture: towards a relational archaeology of milk

  • Dimitrij Mlekuž University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts Institute for the protection of cultural heritage of Slovenia, Centre for preventive archaeology
Keywords: archaeology, milk, gut bacteria, companion species, assemblages, relations, practices

Abstract

Taking milk as a point of departure, we set out on a journey to explore the ‘mutual becomings’ of different bodies, species, and things. We argue that milk should be understood as a component in an assemblage that connects animals, humans, hormones, enzymes, bacteria, food, genes, technologies and material culture. These complex entanglements produced new, unexpected results and effects. Since they form part of this assemblage, all its components are profoundly changed. Focusing on this diversity of relations between humans, other creatures, things and substances is a key to an archaeology that does not radically separate humans and nonhumans.

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Published
2015-12-17
How to Cite
Mlekuž, D. (2015). Archaeological culture, please meet yoghurt culture: towards a relational archaeology of milk. Documenta Praehistorica, 42, 275–288. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.42.19
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