Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Food and Drink in Archaeology 2: University of Nottingham Postgraduate Conference 2008

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Food and Drink in Archaeology 2: University of Nottingham Postgraduate Conference 2008

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Food and Drink in Archaeology 2: University of Nottingham Postgraduate Conference 2008, ed. Sera Baker et al. (Tomes: Prospect Books, 2009). 160 pp.; 36 illustrations and figures. ISBN 978- 1-90301 8-68-2 (p/b). £20.00. The second volume in this series devoted to postgraduate research explores the cultural significance of the production, distribution, and consumption of foodstuffs across archaeological periods, with a particular focus on the kinds of foods consumed, how they were consumed, and what the consequences of consumption were. The volume begins with a lively keynote essay by H. E. M. Cool, 'Fish knives, silver spoons and red dishes', which takes as a starting point the paraphernalia surrounding consumption patterns. The foUowing essays span Europe and Asia, and draw on different kinds of evidence, from documentary and visual to archaeological and chemical. Topics include crops and social change in late Neolithic and early Bronze Age north central China (Alison Weisskopf); the implications of faunal remains of the Bronze Age at Great Orme, North Wales (Sian James); re-enactment and ritual consumption in ancient mystery cults (Kirsten Bedigan); politics, religion, and food consumption in pre- Roman Veneto (Elisa Perego); fertility in Roman-period Egypt (Jennifer Sharman); diet in medieval Spain (MicheUe Mundee); stable isotope analysis of DISH and diet in late medieval Britain (Rosa Spencer); the replacement of dairy with beef catde in north-east England in the eighteenth century (Louisa Gidney); gender, class, and the tea table in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England (Annie Gray); Irish names in a London cemetery and nineteenth-century immigration QuUa Beaumont). …

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