Department of Archaeology

Dr. William Taylor

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. William Taylor

Dr. William Taylor

Dr. William Taylor


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Main Focus

William Taylor’s research explores ancient human-environmental interactions, with a special focus on animal domestication and the ecological context of early horse herding and riding.   

Topics addressed by Dr. Taylor’s previous and ongoing research include:

- application of 3D scanning and equine osteology to the archaeological identification of horse riding and chariot traction

- understanding the adoption and spread of horse riding technology in eastern Eurasia through radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modeling

- investigating the relationship between climate and social change in early nomadic societies

Archaeology sheds light on Mongolia's uncertain nomadic future

The Origins of Horse Culture in Mongolia

Curriculum Vitae

William Taylor received his B.A. in International Relations magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2011, and was awarded his M.S. in Archaeology by the University of New Mexico in 2013. His doctoral dissertation, which he completed in 2016, explored the origins of horse transport in eastern Eurasia through the analysis of equine skeletal material. 

William's research has been recognized and supported by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  As a postdoctoral research fellow, he hopes to investigate the role of climate and human ecological decision-making in the emergence of nomadic societies in Central Asia.


Taylor, William

In press. Horse demography and use in Bronze Age Mongolia, Quaternary International (2016),


Taylor, William, Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav, and Tuvshinjargal Tumuurbaatar.

2016. Reconstructing Equine Bridles in the Mongolian Bronze Age. Journal of Ethnobiology 36(3):554-570.

Taylor, William, Tuvshinjargal Tumurbaatar, and Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav.
2015. Equine Cranial Morphology and the Archaeological Identification of Riding and Chariotry: Applications to Mongolia’s late Bronze Age. Antiquity 89(346): 854-871.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeology
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