Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia

What are the origins of agriculture? In what methods have technological advances regarding nutrients affected human improvement? How have foodstuff and foodways been used to create id, converse which means, and manage society? during this hugely readable, illustrated quantity, archaeologists and different students from around the globe discover those questions and extra.

The Archaeology of nutrients deals greater than 250 entries spanning geographic and temporal contexts and lines fresh discoveries along the result of many years of study. The individuals offer overviews of present wisdom and theoretical views, bring up key questions, and delve into myriad clinical, archaeological, and fabric analyses so as to add intensity to our realizing of foodstuff. The encyclopedia serves as a reference for students and scholars in archaeology, nutrients reviews, and similar disciplines, in addition to interesting studying for culinary historians, nutrients writers, and nutrients and archaeology lovers.

Show description

Read or Download Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia PDF

Similar archaeology books

African Archaeology

David Phillipson offers an illustrated account of African prehistory, from the origins of humanity via ecu colonization during this revised and accelerated variation of his unique paintings. Phillipson considers Egypt and North Africa of their African context, comprehensively reviewing the archaeology of West, East, imperative and Southern Africa.

Critical approaches to fieldwork: contemporary and historical archaeological practice

This paintings takes as its place to begin the position of fieldwork and the way this has replaced over the last a hundred and fifty years. the writer argues opposed to innovative money owed of fieldwork and as an alternative locations it in its broader highbrow context to seriously learn the connection among theoretical paradigms and daily archaeological perform.

On the Periphery of the Periphery: Household Archaeology at Hacienda San Juan Bautista Tabi, Yucatán, Mexico

This publication examines from an archaeological standpoint the social and financial alterations that came about in Yucatán, Mexico starting within the 18th century, because the quarter turned more and more articulated inside of worldwide networks of trade. Of specific curiosity is the formation and supreme supremacy of the hacienda process in Yucatán and the impression that new kinds of capitalist equipped construction had on local Maya social association.

Extra resources for Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia

Sample text

Some species or genera of key crops may have been domesticated more than once in different regions. Squashes and beans, for example, seem to have been domesticated more than once in the New World. Yams and many types of millet seem to have been domesticated several times. Domestication-based economies using wheat, barley, and legumes may have arisen several times independently in areas of the Middle East, and wheat possibly also in Turkmenistan in central Asia. Rice may have been domesticated at least twice, once (or more) in India and once (or more) in China.

Societies with only partial replacement have been referred to as “transitional economies” (or low-level food producers)—as if they were inevitably headed somewhere. In many regions, such as the Levant and eastern North America, domesticates may have been added only to fill nutritional or seasonal gaps in the diet and only much later relied on as staples. The very word “transitional” is in dispute because the transition period has often been thousands of years, actually lasting far longer than the subsequent dependence on agriculture in many regions.

LiDAR instruments are mounted on low-flying aircraft and scan the surface with light pulses, producing precise three-dimensional models of entire landscapes. By using hundreds of thousands of pulses, vegetation and other elements can be subtracted from the data, offering the potential to produce digital elevation models of bare ground surfaces. This capacity has made LiDAR very attractive to archaeologists working in heavily forested areas. The expense of this technique limits its potential to replace less costly alternatives such as satellite data or on-the-ground survey, however.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.80 of 5 – based on 26 votes