Consuming Passions and Patterns of Consumption by A Colin Renfrew, Daniel Nettle

By A Colin Renfrew, Daniel Nettle

This quantity outlines and illustrates the significance of contemplating social contexts of meals intake in interpretations of prior and current human societies, giving a brand new twist to the previous adage 'You are what you eat'. What we consume, how we consume, are and consistently were primary to the structuring of social lifestyles, either some time past and within the current. The continues to be of nutrition also are one of the most typical archaeological reveals. The papers during this quantity discover and strengthen methods of utilizing nutrients to jot down social heritage; they movement past taphonomic and monetary homes of 'subsistence assets' to check the social history and cultural contexts of meals coaching and intake. Contributions holiday new flooring in approach and interpretation in case experiences spanning the Palaeolithic to the current, and from the Amazon to the Arctic. This quantity will therefore be crucial studying for all archaeologists, anthropologists and social historians attracted to the prehistory and background of nutrients intake.

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