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03/29/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Savoring the Past

The Archaeology of Food and Foodways

Katheryn Twiss

Note: We are now fully booked for this event and are only accepting names for the wait-list. What is food? Why should we study it? Different archaeologists will give you different answers to these questions. This talk outlines some of the variability that exists in food archaeology, and explains how researchers are using the traces of past foodways to investigate centuries- and millennia-old social distinctions. Particular attention is paid to cooking's role in establishing food values, to the complexities of identifying "food" in the past, and to the ways in which people's food habits may transgress social boundaries.
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