Ancestral Appetites

Ancestral Appetites : Food in Prehistory

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This book explores the relationship between prehistoric people and their food - what they ate, why they ate it and how researchers have pieced together the story of past foodways from material traces. Contemporary human food traditions encompass a seemingly infinite variety, but all are essentially strategies for meeting basic nutritional needs developed over millions of years. Humans are designed by evolution to adjust our feeding behaviour and food technology to meet the demands of a wide range of environments through a combination of social and experiential learning. In this book, Kristen J. Gremillion demonstrates how these evolutionary processes have shaped the diversification of human diet over several million years of prehistory. She draws on evidence extracted from the material remains that provide the only direct evidence of how people procured, prepared, presented and consumed food in prehistoric more

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  • Electronic book text | 188 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139064533
  • 9781139064538
  • 2,250,709

Review quote

'This is fine popular science, with none of the excesses that accompany other similar efforts to explore human diet.' Jeremy Cherfas, Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog ( 'The author's comfort with a wide variety of biological (botanical and zoological), anthropological, and archaeological evidence is apparent, and her ready grasp of the material allows the work to flow fluidly.' William Pestle, American Anthroplogistshow more

About Kristen J. Gremillion

Kristen J. Gremillion is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University. She has published many articles on human dietary variability in journals including American Antiquity, Current Anthropology and the Journal of Archaeological Science as well as several edited more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Ancestors; 2. Beginnings; 3. Foraging; 4. Farmers; 5. Hunger; 6. Abundance; 7. Contacts; 8. Extinctions; 9. Final more