Dr. Taylor Hermes

Department of Archaeogenetics

Main Focus

I am an anthropological archaeologist who is interested in the initial spread of domesticated bovids across the steppes and mountains of Central and Inner Asia approximately 7000-5000 years ago, in addition to the subsequent intensification and diversification of food production during the Metal Ages. I combine archaeological fieldwork, genomics, and stable isotope analyses to reveal the complex relationships between people, managed animals, and cultivated plants that shaped critical interaction spheres throughout the Eurasian steppe zone.

Curriculum Vitae

I received my PhD in Archaeological Science from Kiel University in 2019. My doctoral research focused on stable isotopic and genetic approaches to investigate foodways, social connectivity, and herding mobility in Central Asia from the Early Bronze Age to the Medieval period. Prior to my doctoral work, I received extensive training in four-field anthropology through a MA at the University of Arizona and BA at Washington University in St. Louis.


Hermes, T.R., M.D. Frachetti, D. Voyakin, A. Yerlomaeva, A.Z. Beisenov, P.N. Doumani Dupuy, D. Papin, G. Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, J. Bayarsaikhan, J-L. Houle, A.A. Tishkin, A. Nebel, B. Krause-Kyora, and C.A. Makarewicz. 2020. High mitochondrial diversity of domesticated goats persisted among Bronze and Iron Age pastoralists in the Inner Asian Mountain Corridor. PLOS ONE, e0233333.  10.1371/journal.pone.0233333

Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., T.R. Hermes, B. Mir-Makhamad, and K. Tabaldiev. 2020. Southwest Asian cereal crops facilitated high-elevation agriculture in the central Tien Shan during the mid-third millennium BCE. PLOS ONE, e0229372. 10.1371/journal.pone.0229372

Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., K. Tabaldiev, T.R. Hermes, E. Ananyevskaya, I. Merkyte, E. Luneau, M. Grikpedis, and L.M. Rouse. 2020. High-altitude agro-pastoralism in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan: new excavations of the Chap farmstead (1065-825 cal BC). Journal of Field Archaeology, 45:1, 29-45.  10.1080/00934690.2019.1672128

Hermes, T.R., M.D. Frachetti, P.N. Doumani Dupuy, A.N. Mar’yashev, A. Nebel, and C.A. Makarewicz. 2019. Early integration of pastoralism and millet cultivation in Bronze Age Eurasia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286, 20191273. 10.1098/rspb.2019.1273

Spengler, R.N., F. Maksudov, E.A., Bullion, A. Merkle, T.R. Hermes, and M.D. Frachetti. 2018. Arboreal crops on the medieval Silk Road: Archaeobotanical studies at Tashbulak. PLOS ONE, e0201409.  10.1371/journal.pone.0201409

Hermes, T.R., M.D. Frachetti, E.A. Bullion, F. Maksudov, S. Mustafokulov, and C.A. Makarewicz. 2018. Urban and nomadic niches reveal dietary connectivities along Central Asia’s Silk Roads. Scientific Reports, 8, 5177. 10.1038/s41598-018-22995-2

Hermes, T.R., S. Pederzani, and C.A. Makarewicz. 2018. Ahead of the Curve? Implications for isolating vertical transhumance in seasonal montane environments using sequential oxygen isotope analyses of tooth enamel. In Isotopic Approaches to Pastoralism in Prehistory, pp. 57-76, edited by A. Ventresca-Miller and C.A. Makarewicz. Routledge: London. 10.4324/9781315143026-5

Maksudov, F., E.A. Bullion, E.R. Henry, T.R. Hermes, A.M. Merkle, and M.D. Frachetti. 2019. Nomadic urbanism at Tashbulak: a new highland town of the Qarakhanids. In Urban Cultures of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Karakhanids: Learnings and Conclusions from New Archaeological Investigations and Discoveries, pp. 283-306, edited by Christoph Baumer and Mirko Novák. Vol. 12. Schriften Zur Vorderasiatischen Archäologie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ISBN:978-3-447-11169-0

Longacre, W.A. and T.R. Hermes2015. Rice farming and pottery production among the Kalinga: new ethnoarchaeological data from the Philippines. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 38, 35-45. 10.1016/j.jaa.2014.09.005

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