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The Archaeology of Food

Identity, Politics, and Ideology in the Prehistoric and Historic Past

Katheryn C. Twiss (State University of New York, Stony Brook)



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Cambridge University Press
14 November 2019
The Archaeology of Food explains how archaeologists reconstruct what people ate, and how such reconstructions reveal ancient political struggles, religious practices, ethnic identities, gender norms, and more. Balancing deep research with accessible writing, Katheryn Twiss familiarizes readers with archaeological data, methods, and intellectual approaches as they explore topics ranging from urban commerce to military provisioning to ritual feasting. Along the way, Twiss examines a range of primary evidence, including Roman bars, Aztec statues, Philistine pig remains, Nubian cooking pots, Mississippian squash seeds, and the bones of a medieval king. Her book introduces both archaeologists and non-archaeologists to the study of prehistoric and historic foodways, and illuminates how those foodways shaped and were shaped by past cultures.
By:   Katheryn C. Twiss (State University of New York Stony Brook)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   430g
ISBN:   9781108464062
ISBN 10:   1108464068
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   14 November 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Katheryn C. Twiss is an archaeologist who studies ancient foodways in order to learn about social structures in the prehistoric and early historic past. Her primary areas of expertise are southwest Asian prehistory, zooarchaeology, animal management and symbolism, and life in early farming communities. She co-headed the team studying animal remains at the well-known Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey, and she is currently in charge of analyzing animal bones from the famed Mesopotamian site of Ur. She edited The Archaeology of Food And Identity (2007). She has published on topics ranging from feasting in early farming villages to Mesopotamian ceremonialism.

Reviews for The Archaeology of Food: Identity, Politics, and Ideology in the Prehistoric and Historic Past

'Engaging examples drawn from published research are provided throughout, supported by an extensive, up-to-date bibliography. Even though this text is written in a style that seems intended primarily for students, faculty and other researches are likely to find it useful as well.' W. Kotter, Choice

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